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How to share virtually any USB device with multiple computers over your local network

wireless-usb-port-sharing-stationRegular readers of this blog know that you can use a wireless print server to easily share a USB printer with multiple computers over your Wi-Fi network.

My friend Scott Bangs recently pointed out that you can also share an external USB hard drive, scanner or most any other type of USB device over your network by using a wireless USB port sharing station.

These nifty devices allow you to share your USB peripherals and gadgets among multiple PCs, Macs, Linux systems, and even most mobile devices without having to connect or switch around any USB cables. [Continue Reading]

The best way to extend your Wi-Fi network’s range throughout a large home

actiontec-wireless-network-extender-plus-powerline-network-sdapterIf you live in a large house, you probably find yourself struggling at times to use your Wi-Fi connected devices in areas that are located either far away from the wireless router or on a different floor.

There are a couple of common methods for dealing with a weak or non-existent Wi-Fi signal in a home, both of which can be problematic:

1 – Run long Ethernet cables through walls, floors, attics and basements in order to deliver a wired Ethernet connection to a distant room.

But it isn’t always easy or cost-effective to run such a cable, especially if you have to hire someone to do the work for you.

2 – Use a standard Wi-Fi Network Extender to boost the existing Wi-Fi signal enough to reach the outer areas of your home.

The problem with this approach is since you typically have to place the Wi-Fi Extender near the outer fringe of the signal footprint, the signal is already so weak by the time the Extender receives it that your data transmission speeds will probably be as slow as a sleeping snail.

As you can see, neither of the two most common methods of dealing with poor Wi-Fi coverage are very good options. But there is a third option that works like a charm… [Continue Reading]

7 tips for selling obsolete computer equipment on eBay and Craigslist

ebay-logoMost households these days have stacks of unused and/or obsolete computer equipment collecting dust in the basement, wasting away to nothing while taking up valuable storage space.

Many people are unaware that there is a booming market for used tech items on eBay and Craigslist. As long as it still works (and sometimes even if it doesn’t), there are most likely a number of buyers who are eager to bid on your old gear regardless of its “age” in either years or technology.

Here are seven tips for selling your unused/obsolete computer items for top dollar on eBay or Craigslist:[Continue Reading]

Advertisers and publishers hate ad blockers, but they have only themselves to blame for them.

adblock-logoThe recent explosion in the number of Internet users installing ad blockers has greatly reduced the amount of advertising revenue being earned by online publishers.

In fact, I recently started using the popular AdBlock Chrome extension myself, and I doubt if I’ll ever surf the web without it again.

Publishers hate ad blockers because the ads they place on their websites never make it to the reader’s web browser. And as one would expect, every blocked ad represents a loss of revenue.

But guess what? The publishers have no one but themselves to blame for this huge loss of income. To understand why that is, it’s important to consider the history of online advertising… [Continue Reading]

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