Save $23 on this TP-Link AC1750 Smart WiFi Router… The ratings say it all. Nearly 5-star rating based on over 4800 reviews.
Dual band router upgrades to 1750 Mbps high speed internet
(450Mbps for 2.4GHz + 1300Mbps for 5GHz)
Up to 2,500 Sq. Ft. of Exceptional WiFi Coverage
Stable WiFi Performance-Connect up to 50+ devices
I highly recommend this device. Wireless range is very good. Has high rating at Amazon… What this device does is eliminate clutter and gives you 3 products wrapped up in 1: 16×4 Cable Modem, AC1900 Dual band Wi-Fi Router, 4 Port Gigabit Router… I personally own one of these and can attest to its’ good quality and operation. Very pleased…
The routers affected are made by companies including Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link. Reboot your router to prevent infiltration… Better yet, update the firmware.
Is 123456 A Good Password? – Apparently many people think that it is. The password “123456” once again reigns as the most commonly used password, as it has since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky. The second most risky password used is; you got it, is the word “password”. To see a listing of the worst passwords for 2015 — CLICK HERE… The whole purpose of this annual publishing of bad passwords is to encourage “we the people” to use stronger passwords in an effort to protect our personal data and to improve internet security.
One of the options that I use to protect myself, due to the numerous passwords that I use, is to use a password manager. The password manager that I use and strongly endorse is the S10 Password Vault which is available as a Windows install, portable app (on USB Drive), iPhone app, iPad app, and Android app. Many folks have a tendency to use one of the cloud-based password managers; however, I personally just do not feel comfortable with piping the passwords to my personal accounts into the cloud and not knowing (for absolutely sure) that it will always remain protected. With S10 Password Vault, I at least feel I have some level of control.
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How To Create A Bookmark For The Download List In Google Chrome – Open chrome://downloads in your browser. Click the star next to the link and then save it on your bookmarks bar. You can adjust the name of the shortcut to whatever you desire..
If You Have Windows 10 And Love Jigsaw Puzzles – Check out Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, a Windows app, that has some FREEBIE options built into it, as well as paid options. Featuring: Lot’s of beautiful, high-definition puzzles; Downloadable content (including FREE puzzles); Constantly updated pictures gallery; 4 levels of difficulty (up to 280 pieces); Move pieces in groups; Rotation mode for a greater challenge; Create your own puzzles from your pictures; New special picture every day; Work on more than one puzzle at a time and see your progress; Easy-to-operate control and Easy preview. After installing and trying it out, I found there were some ads and a few freebie puzzles. There was an option to buy into a package for $9.99 that makes the ads go away and opens up many options. Nice jigsaw puzzle software (even for $10)…
Synchronize Your Folders and Drives In A Quick and Easy Way – I have been testing various FREE backup and synchronization software. One that is currently on my computer now that is leading the pack is Synchredible. The standard version is free for private purposes. What I really like about Synchredible is that it has a built in wizard that will walk you through configuring your sync jobs. Once these jobs are setup, performing synchronized backups is as easy as clicking a button.
A “News Spread” Like No Other – CLICK HERE to see Newsola… I have featured Newsola on here before and decided to throw it out there at you again. Really neat way that the news is presented. You can set Newsola up so that it will auto refresh on a regular basis. Nice cloud based app that you can keep up on the screen when your computer is idle that will keep you up to date on the latest news.
Need A Router? Check This One Out – The TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router is one of those routers I am seeing on Amazon that is inexpensive, but has a great number of customer reviews. At the time of this posting, this router was at the $20 mark.
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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – When it comes to the frontline protection of my PC at home (on the cheap), I personally depend on the FREE edition of Bitdefender.
What I especially like about Bitdefender is its’ reputation for providing ironclad security without slowing down your computer and that it is virtually maintenance free (built in autoscan that focuses virus detection efforts on risky areas). I have been running the FREE edition for quite awhile and have installed it on other PC’s and have not one complaint… @Bitdefender
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[ANDROID] Antivirus FREE for Android – Bitdefender Antivirus Free utilizes high-detection engines, coupled with in-the-cloud scanning capabilities, to keep Android devices safe from attack – with minimal impact on resources. Malware Protection – Cloud Scanning – Low Battery Impact… @Bitdefender
[NETWORKING] Need a small wireless access point or wireless router? – Here’s one of the smallest, feature packed and powerful routers for under $30. The NetShair Nano by iogear offers some of the most features money can buy. Here’s how it works (interactive)… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog
[HOT NEWS] Amazon to Unveil Free TV and Movie Streaming Service: Report – This new service, which could launch “in the coming months,” according to the Wall Street Journal, would offer original programming like its comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” as well as music videos. It could also include TV shows and movies licensed from other sources… @NBC News
[HOW TO] Send Email to OneNote – Another neat new OneNote capability – With last week’s expansion of OneNote as a platform, Microsoft has added a nice new capability: You can now send email messages from your inbox to your OneNote-based notebooks… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows
[SOFTWARE] Recover Your Router Password (RouterPassView) – RouterPassView enables you to recover your router password and wireless network keys if you have a backup of your router configuration saved as local file. It can load and decrypt the configuration file, providing you with a list of all passwords and keys that are stored in the file… @SnapFiles
[HOT NEWS] It’s Official: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad (And yes, Hell has frozen over) – As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, which is really a set of new mobile productivity apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—plus an update to OneNote, which was previously available. These apps aren’t upscaled versions of the Office Mobile apps on iPhone, they’re all-new apps engineered for the unique iPad capabilities and screen size… @WindowsITPro
[TABLET COMPUTER] The sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever – Nexus 7 from Google – The world’s highest-resolution 7″ tablet puts over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that’s sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD… @AMAZON
[WALLPAPER] Blue Burst… @Microsoft
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Did you know you can access any remote connection enabled computer with the same Google Account? You can with Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App. The nice thing about this app is that Chrome does not need to be opened on the remote computer.
If interested in giving this a spin, visit the Chrome Remote Desktop App page (in the Chrome Web Store) where you can install the app.
Once installed and you open it for the first time, you will go through an authorization process and will be asked to see your email address (which is the validation key to your account); to see your other activated Chrome remote desktop computers; to receive (and send) chat messages so that the computers can talk to each other; and, authorization to allow remote access even if no one is at the PC using the application.
Need more help with this, check out the Chrome Remote Desktop App Support Page…
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[ACCESSORY] An All-In-One Wireless Router, Power Bank, Wireless USB Storage Reader, and Media Sharing Device – The NEW HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 is the perfect solution for your network needs away from home… @Amazon
[MS OFFICE] Service Pack 1 available for Office 2013 – Full Download links… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog
[ANDROID] The 3 Best Android Apps of the Week! – (Forest Live Wallpaper, SlideLock, Trunx)… @Barry’s Best Windows, Android, And iPhone iPad Apps
[WALLPAPER] Cars Wallpaper Set 3 @Awesome Wallpapers
|[WINDOWS] CDBurnerXP 184.108.40.20643 -CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.|
[NEWS] Windows XP: 28 Days Later – Apocalypse, and if you’ve not read through the comparison yet, grab it from the inline link. But, is anyone wondering what will actually happen after April 8, 2014 when Windows XP is finally laid to rest? Will a moment of silence at its passing explode into a full scale malware war?… @WindowsITPro
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SEND AND PUSH NOTIFICATIONS to your Android devices and computer with Pushbullet. This is a new app that makes pushing files, pics, notes, addresses, etc… to and from your devices at supersonic speed. So far, I love it… Definitely one to keep an eye on…
A small and FREE application that can RECOVER LOST SOFTWARE PRODUCT KEYS in seconds…
TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that is primarily targeted at the Windows 8, Windows 7 & Windows Vista user that addresses and covers issues in relation to Microsoft and Windows operating system. Highly recommended that you bookmark this site…
ARE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS going to go the way of the dinosaur???
A CHEAP ROUTER with high customer review ratings…
What makes Pushbullet so useful?
Simple! It’s the easiest way to get things from your computer onto your phone or from your phone onto your computer. It’s also great for sending things from one Android device to another, or even to friends!
– By sending a file with Pushbullet, it’s automatically downloaded and waiting for you as a notification. Tapping on the notification instantly opens the file so you’ll never have to go dig for the file in your email or Dropbox folders ever again.
– With Pushbullet, you can also push links right into your phone’s notification tray. Just tap the notification to go to the link.
– Instead of having to look up an address all over again on your phone after having found it on your computer, you can just push the address to your phone. It will open Google Maps right from the notification, making getting to navigation a breeze.
– And that’s just the beginning, you can also send checklists, notes & reminders, and more.
SterJo Key Finder
SterJo Key Finder is a small and FREE application that can recover lost product keys. All you have to do is run the program and it will find the keys for you in a few seconds. The software is currently able to recover a large number of keys like Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, WinZip, Corel Draw, CyberLink PowerDVD, Nero, VMWare Workstation, Techsmith Camtasia Studio, AUTOCAD and many more…
Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)
(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)
AnVir Task Manager Free: Alternative to Windows Task Manager – Although Windows Task Manager works fine for me but some power users prefer using a third-party task manager tool which provides extensive information and granular control to monitor their computer performance and processes… READ MORE
Are digital music downloads already heading
the way of the CD?
Don’t look now but it seems as though digital downloads may have already reached their peak. According to a new report from Billboard, 2012 may ultimately go down in history as the most lucrative digital download year as streaming services such as iTunes Radio, Rhapsody and Spotify will likely continue to gain in popularity and perhaps one day replace downloads completely… READ MORE
TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router
Made by TP-LINK, the TL-WR841N 300 Mbps Wireless-N Router enables multiple computers to share one Internet connection, and is designed specifically to meet the networking requirements of home offices and small businesses. This combined wired/wireless network connection device offers wireless transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps along with four 10/100 Mbps ports for wired connections. Sporting a sleek exterior, the Wireless-N Router can be mounted on a wall or placed horizontally on a table or desk… GET IT HERE
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (Get NirSoft and Sysinternals Utilities In One Program): A great way to capture any or all of the tech utilities that are developed by NirSoft and Sysinternals is to use the portable app called WSCC (Windows System Control Center). What I especially like about WSCC is that when there is an update (or a new utility), WSCC will let you know (see below for more details);
Squeak #2 – (A Router That Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand): I noticed that TCAT Shelbyville is playing around with a router that is so small that it will fit in the palm of your hand (see more about this below);
Squeak #3 – (A Malware Scanner In The Clouds): Panda, known for its’ online cloud based antivirus packages has a NEW cloud based malware scanner that is FREE (see below); AND,
Squeak #4 – (ZyXEL 3-in-1 Wireless N Pocket Travel Router): See where you can get your hands on the ZyXEL router that TCAT Shelbyville is reviewing (see below)…
Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
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A Portable App To Organize and Maintain The Utilities From NirSoft and Sysinternals Live
WSCC is a free, portable program that allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. WSCC can install and update the supported utilities automatically. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs. WSCC is portable, installation is not required. Extract the content of the downloaded zip archive to any directory on your computer… GET IT HERE
Zyxel MWR102 tiny router/AP
Finally got my Zyxel Routers / APs in. Promised pics earlier with our blog post earlier last week. With a router/ap switch on the side and the ability to act as a router, ap or bridge, the routers came with two power supplies each, a CAT5 cable and a very powerful wireless signal… READ MORE
Panda Cloud Cleaner
Panda Cloud Cleaner is an advanced disinfector based on Collective Intelligence (scanning in-the-cloud) that detects malware that traditional security solutions cannot detect. The FREE DISINFECTOR… GET IT HERE
ZyXEL 3-in-1 Wireless N Pocket Travel Router,
Access Point, and Ethernet Client
Many ultra-portable devices like PDAs, tablets, handheld game consoles, and even some laptops no longer accept a wired connection, limiting their functionality in locations without wireless access. The MWR102 combines a miniature router and wireless access point to create the perfect way to share high-speed wireless internet access in hotel rooms, conference rooms, or anywhere a wired broadband connection is available… CHECK IT OUT HERE
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
- If you are a network administrator you may want to take a look at BgInfo to display system information on the desktop of all of your computers! Great for home computers too;
- Lifehacker has an article up about how to use an old router to extend your Wi-Fi network. Many routers have this capability built in (which many folks are unaware of);
- If you love messing with software and online browser based applications, then you need to check out BearWare (one of my favorite software resources);
- Find yourself in a pinch where you need to make a note of something, you may be interested in the posting below from gizmo’s; AND,
- Heading back to school or going to college. Toshiba has a nice Satellite notebook (with an intel i7 processor) that packs a punch for work and play.
Automatically Display System Information About A Windows Computer On The Desktop Background
BgInfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen… GET IT HERE
“When creating a range-boosting Wi-Fi repeater, what you need will vary. Some routers have repeater functionality built in. Others need custom firmware to get the job done”… READ MORE
As Yogi would say, “smarter than the average bear”… I can attest that BearWare is smarter than the average bear when it comes to freeware, webware and some great computer tips that will make you smarter than the average bear…CHECK IT OUT HERE
You’re sitting at your computer, or perhaps a public terminal in a hotel or an internet cafe, and you need to make some notes. Copy some interesting URLs, maybe, or draft a letter. You could fire up Notepad or Wordpad, of course. But actually you’d quite like to be able to access those notes later on from a different machine”… READ MORE
A 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor with Turbo Boost Technology delivers the premium performance your life demands.
With 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, the Satellite® S55-A5257 ensures that your software won’t just run — it’ll sprint.
Safely store and easily access all your videos, photos, music and other documents on a generous 750GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive… GET IT HERE
You have to love technology… Seagate has an external hard drive available that is called Wireless Plus. This drive has its own Wi-Fi network built-in, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your wi-fi devices such, as your tablet or smartphone. The cool thing about the Wireless Plus drive is that it acts as a router. You do not need to be connected to the internet to access this drive.
You need no wires with this drive, at all. It has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to 10 hours life. Imagine jumping in the car, powering the Wireless Plus up to stream movies to the kids’ tablets.
Wireless Plus has its own Wi-Fi network, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your tablet or smartphone on-the-go and off-the-grid
The free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android makes it easy to navigate and enjoy content wherever you go
1TB of built-in storage, which means you can load up to 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents
Allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to access and store content at the same time
Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, so there is no need for an Internet connection and you don’t have to use your data plan
Download movies and other media to your device, so you can enjoy your content later, when not connected to Wireless Plus
Game consoles, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players and other DLNA devices can access the content on Wireless Plus whenever you have it connected to your home network via Wi-Fi
Up to 10-hour battery life
Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]
Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Seagate Wireless Plus –[CLICK HERE]
I just commented, a few days back; “If you are a regular here, then you know I especially like software made clocks, weather apps and calculators”. Today a gem of an online weather app landed in my lap, called Forecast.
Forecast is unique in that it is completely different than any of the other weather services you may have experienced. The weather result at Forecast comes from a grouping of forecast models (see here) that provides accurate global weather results. The best part about all of this is that Forecast is new and will only get better.
The best thing I can tell you is visit the site [HERE] and dive right in and I think you will see that this is one of the most elegant weather services out there that will give you what you need, in terms of basic weather information; AND, if you need more, you can click your way into more complex weather information (past, present and future).
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As a home based computer user, have you ever had that rare occasion where you needed to login to your router to make a configuration change?
Most people when they install their router, follow the setup instructions to configure the router; and then, set it and forget it. When that rare occasion arises where they need to login to the router again, to make a configuration change, they forget the process on how to do it. Typically, I have seen this scenario occurring when changes are required to the wireless access settings of the router (which most routers are wireless these days).
Typically to get to a router’s login screen you are required to enter an IP address in your web browser. For example, in my setup, to get to my router’s login screen I would type in 192.168.0.1 and hit enter to bring up the login screen to my Motorola router. At the login screen I enter my username and password to access the setting on the router.
When I initially setup my router, I changed my username and password from the default factory setting, as a measure of additional security. Most people stick with the factory defaults, which are commonly known (and published) on the internet (see example here).
Most folks at home, when asked to access there router login screen, are often at a loss on what to do. Often they have misplaced the instructions or are simply not comfortable accessing the settings (and often call a tech for assistance). I know myself, when I need to access my router, I will go blank for a minute or so, before it will hit me on what I need to do. Again, this is due to the fact that accessing our router to make configuration changes is a rare occurrence.
To assist the home based computer user with getting to their router’s login screen or to assist a tech to quickly get to a router login screen, I came across a small utility called rCon (router configuration). I actually have a shortcut set up on my PC that allows me to quickly get to my router’s login screen, using this utility.
What I need to point out here is that this utility (rCon) was made primarily for the basic home network setup and not for those unusual network situations where there are more than one network gateway. All I can tell you, is give rCon a try. If it works, then great; if not, at least my article may remind you to keep your router setup instructions in a safe place and to remind you to keep your router’s login credentials (username and password).
Note: If your security software picks this utility up as being something suspicious, it is a false positive (mean – nothing to worry about).
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Folks, if you are looking for a nice, dependable and easy to use online file storing (and sharing) service, I am highly recommending Microsoft’s SkyDrive. With SkyDrive you will get 7 GBs of space for FREE and can opt in to purchasing additional space if need be. This service continues to get better and better all the time and has become my main online file storage service. I encourage you to visit the link above to learn more about SkyDrive.
As this service continues to evolve, Microsoft recently made announcement that a SkyDrive app has been developed exclusively for Android 2.3 or later.
So, if you have an Android based phone or tablet AND you are a SkyDrive user, this app is a must-have app. I have been testing it on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and it has performed flawlessly. I even have SkyDrive setup to access the files (and drives) on my main PC anywhere I have internet access (see recent article, Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive). This option alone is like having my main PC tethered to my tablet.
With SkyDrive for Android, you can now easily access and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your phone to SkyDrive.
• Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
• View recently used documents.
• Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
• Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
• Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
• Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.
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Today I want to share with you a portable network tool, called Angry IP Scanner, that I used on a daily basis, for legitimate purposes, to scan (and ping) a range of IP addresses and ports to tell me what devices and computers (hosts) on my network were up and running. If the host was alive, the result indicator would be blue and if the host was dead the result indicator would be red. This utility saved me a lot of time in troubleshooting network issues. Today, I no longer manage a network; however, this little tool is still with me to scan the network in my home.
Angry IP Scanner is a very fast IP address and port scanner that can provide a wealth of information regarding the pinged hosts.
It can scan IP addresses in any range as well as any their ports. It is cross-platform and lightweight. Not requiring any installations, it can be freely copied and used anywhere.
Angry IP scanner simply pings each IP address to check if it’s alive, then optionally it is resolving its hostname, determines the MAC address, scans ports, etc. The amount of gathered data about each host can be extended with plugins.
It also has additional features, like NetBIOS information (computer name, workgroup name, and currently logged in Windows user), favorite IP address ranges, web server detection, customizable openers, etc.
Scanning results can be saved to CSV, TXT, XML or IP-Port list files. With help of plugins, Angry IP Scanner can gather any information about scanned IPs. Anybody who can write Java code is able to write plugins and extend functionality of Angry IP Scanner.
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WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor for its small memory footprint.
When you purchase a router it is best security practices to change the administrator password to the router. The administrator password is the password that allows you to open the web-based setup, in your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), so that you can make configuration changes (such as setting up and securing a wireless network). If you do make the password change, make sure you record and store that password in a safe place.
Typically, and in almost every instance I have experienced, most people never change the administrator password to the router and let it remain as the same password, as set by the factory. You may think this is enough to prevent unauthorized access; however, the factory set (default) password for nearly every type and model of router out there can be easily acquired on the internet.
What I have experienced with folks is that when they do experience router issues and need to access their router they are at a loss and they themselves do not know what the default admin password is. In this instance I usually go to the manufacturer’s website to locate the default password settings. This can be quite time consuming…
Today, I will show you a website, called routerpasswords.com to demonstrate two things:
One, to demonstrate how readily available passwords to routers can be acquired, which is more the reason to lock down your router with your own password; AND,
Secondly to give you a quick access method to acquire a router’s password in the event you forgot what the default password was or you are a tech and need the password to troubleshoot a system.
RouterPasswords.com provides quick access for technicians to default passwords used on routers, default web logins, CCTV systems and other electronic devices.
RouterPasswords.com is the largest free online database of default router passwords. The database is maintained by the online community and constantly updated by visitors like yourself submitting new passwords.
Recently I moved from one residence to another and was required to drop my DSL internet provider for a Cable internet provider. As a result I was on the hunt for a cable modem and wireless router. Immediately, what I had in mind, was an all-in-one unit with both capabilities; however, not really being too up on what was out there I was not even sure such a beast existed. I did know, from my past experience, and you have heard me say it before, “if you can think of it, someone has done it”.
What I found and settled for was the Motorola SBG901 All-In-One integrated SURFboard Gateway with built in advanced wireless networking and security capabilities.
Motorola’s SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is the perfect networking solution for the home, home office, or small business. It combines an industry-leading DOCSIS® 2.0 cable modem, an advanced firewall, and an 802.11b/g wireless access point – all in a stylish enclosure for the sophisticated consumer. The SBG901 allows users to create a custom LAN to share a single broadband connection, files, printers, and peripherals without wires.
The SBG901, after being recognized by the cable provider network,, worked right out of the box. I was on the internet in no time.
The unit is packaged with an installation CD, but (again from past experience) I opted to ditch the Installation Assistant CD. The CD contains an installation wizard and wireless security setup. Really, I found neither was required. The SBG901 was already setup for wireless networking connectivity with WPA encryption (wifi protected access) enabled. In other words, the SBG901 was seen by my Netbook; and all was required was for me to enter the already assigned WPA encryption key on the Netbook side. One thing I did do right away was log into the SBG901’s Configuration manager in my web browser and change the default username and password to further enhance the security of my network. Finding this information can be a challenge for the everyday user. To accomplish this change:
- Open your web browser and type 192.168.0.1 and hit “Enter”
- Type “admin” in lowercase in the username field.
- Type “motorola” in lowercase in the password field.
- Click on the “Security” button at the left side of the Configuration Manager and make the necessary changes. Make sure you keep these changes in a safe place.
Overall, I am finding the SBG901 to be a very nice unit that takes up very little space on the desktop. The unit is 5 3/4 “ x 5”. The unit can be either stood up, placed flat or wall mounted. I am also very pleased with the range of the wireless connectivity, which has worked flawlessly within any area of my home.
Easy to setup and use:
- Always on, always connected and always ready
- Includes an Installation Assistant CD, Wireless security set up, an optional user-friendly installation wizard, and multi-lingual product documents
- Easy connection, wireless pairing button
- Plug-and-play installation
- Supports standard internet software
- Front panel LEDs indicate status and simplify troubleshooting
- Stylish and space saving enclosure
- The mobility of a wireless LAN and the simplicity of “no new wire” technology
- Two diverse internal antennas to enhance wireless connectivity
Versatile and Convenient:
- DOCSIS® 2.0 certified
- Interoperable with DOCSIS® 1.1
- One 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45) port and auto MDX cross cable detection, enables flexible, high-speed connectivity
- Integrated 802.11b/g wireless access point
- Support for up to 16 Service IDs (SIDs) allows for future enhanced features
- Compatible with Windows®, Macintosh® and Unix® computers
- Extensible networking: Your customer can network up to 263 desktop computers, laptops and other Ethernet or wireless devices to create a full Class C network
- Enterprise-capable: Supports VPN pass-through (IPSec, PPTP, L2TP)
Reliable and Secure:
- Remote configuration and monitoring from the headend using SNMP and TFTP
- Intuitive, built-in Web-based diagnostics for quick and easy troubleshooting
- Manage data and wireless networking using a Web-based interface
- Security features including Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)
- Access and Legacy 64-bit and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption
- Advanced router with built-in firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, intrusion detection and Denial of Service attack prevention
ADDENDUM (WHERE TO BUY?): Due to the popularity of this article, many folks have asked where can they get the Motorola SBG901 All-In-One integrated SURFboard Gateway and the answer is [ HERE ] .
NetWorx is another one of those portable apps that should be in everyone’s troubleshooting toolbox. This little gem can help you identify possible sources of network related issues. NetWorx is highly customizable and includes network tools such as ping, trace route and netstat. It can be setup to alert you when your network connections have diminished, or when there is an unusually heavy flow of data that is characteristic of Trojan horses or other malicious activity. It can help you evaluate your bandwidth conditions to ensure you are getting what you are paying for. Audible and visual alerts are available to alert you of abnormal bandwidth conditons. As indicated, Networx is available as a portable app that can be carried with you on your portable media (e.g. flash drive).
Clear graphic and/or numeric display.
Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML.
Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads.
Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more.
Includes network information & testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection.
Scalable to your own modem download capabilities.
Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level.
Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates.
Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session.
Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware.
Find out and monitor how fast your Internet connection is.
Find out and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume.
Verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly.
Detect a suspicious network activity on your computer.
Perform simple network tests such as ping and trace route.
Be notified about excessive Internet usage.