Protect Your Data With These Great Deals for World Backup Day

Amazon is celebrating World Backup Day with great deals on everything you need to keep your data safe. Inside, you'll find routers, range extenders, powerline adapters, hard drives, and NAS boxes from several manufacturers, most of which are marked down to all-time low prices. » 3/31/15 8:15am Yesterday 8:15am

Cisco's Going to Ship Its Equipment to Empty Houses to Dodge the NSA

The NSA is willing to go frighteningly far for your secrets, but at least one hardware manufacturer is willing to go further. A Cisco executive just said his company will ship its networking equipment to vacant addresses to avoid NSA interception. Clever idea. » 3/19/15 12:50pm 3/19/15 12:50pm

Great Deals on 802.11ac Routers to Fit Any Budget

If you're still rocking an old 802.11n router at home, today's a great day to bring your network into the present. We've found great deals on five different 802.11ac routers at a range of price points, starting with a $70 D-Link with solid reviews, and going all the way up to a triband behemoth in the Netgear… » 12/02/14 10:15am 12/02/14 10:15am

Stop Giving Extra Money to Your ISP with This Discounted Modem

If you're paying your ISP a monthly modem rental fee, you might as well be throwing money into a black hole. It's never too late to buy your own though, and today's deal offers a great opportunity. » 11/12/14 9:45am 11/12/14 9:45am

Upgrade Your Network with Today's Amazon Gold Box

If you aren't totally satisfied with your home network, Amazon's got a ton of deals for you in today's Gold Box. » 10/23/14 9:15am 10/23/14 9:15am

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't… » 10/22/14 11:56am 10/22/14 11:56am

The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)

Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the rest. » 10/15/14 11:57am 10/15/14 11:57am

How To Make Sure No One's Secretly Stealing Your Home Wi-Fi

Wireless Network Watcher is a free, simple program for Windows XP and above that can take a quick look at the computers and devices connected to your home network. Fire it up and make sure there's no one on your Wi-Fi network who shouldn't be there. If you do find a squatter, a password change on your router should be… » 9/14/14 8:38am 9/14/14 8:38am

Declare Independence from Slow Wi-Fi with This Discounted AC Router

The deals don't stop just because it's a holiday, and today's best is this powerful 802.11 AC router from ASUS, on sale today for $40 off. » 7/04/14 9:16am 7/04/14 9:16am

How to Print From Anywhere

Americans just aren't printing as much as we used to. Where once we'd churn out driving directions, movie tickets, or school reports, these documents almost always stay in the digital domain. But for those occasions that you do need to print something, here's how to make sure you can do it from anywhere, without a… » 6/21/14 12:00pm 6/21/14 12:00pm

The Most Important Security Settings to Change on Your Router

Your router is the first line of defense against hackers trying to access all the internet-connected devices in your home. Sadly, many of the top Wi-Fi routers are easy to hack. You should be concerned—and also make sure your router is set up properly. » 5/09/14 11:39am 5/09/14 11:39am

Heartbleed Affects Routers, Too

Some more heartache from Heartbleed: it affects routers, too. Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks have announced that the security hole that is Heartbleed has been found in their networking equipment. » 4/11/14 3:21am 4/11/14 3:21am

VPNs: What They Do, How They Work, and Why You're Dumb for Not Using One

For as ubiquitous as connectivity has become and how reliant we've grown on it, the Internet is still a digital jungle where hackers easily steal sensitive information from the ill-equipped and where the iron-fisted tactics of totalitarian regimes bent on controlling what their subjects can access are common. So… » 3/26/13 3:40pm 3/26/13 3:40pm

The World's Biggest Fiber LAN Lives at a Nuclear Weapons Research Lab

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premiere nuclear weapons research facility, and for more than 60 years, its researchers have poked and prodded the interiors of atoms to suss out their secrets—a task that has produced mountains of data that the facility's copper network struggles to contain. But now, even… » 3/01/13 11:30am 3/01/13 11:30am

How the Super Bowl's Crazy In-Stadium Wi-Fi Will Be Protected From…

These days, part of watching anything on TV—sporting event or otherwise—is dicking around on your phone or tablet. For people attending the Super Bowl this year, it'll be no different; the New Orleans Superdome will have a robust Wi-Fi network. Ars Technica has looked into the details, and it takes a lot of work to… » 2/03/13 12:00pm 2/03/13 12:00pm

How You Connect an Underwater Outpost to the Rest of the World


You think resetting your router or calling the cable company when your Internet goes out is a pain in the ass? When the network sputtered at Aquarius undersea research base, Dominic Landucci had to dive down with a spool burial-grade cat-5 cable and punch it through the side of the lab without flooding the entire… » 7/18/12 11:20am 7/18/12 11:20am

Google+ Wants You to Fill It With Updates From Other Sites

Venture Beat is reporting that there's an extra Google+ feature that wasn't announced at yesterday's I/O, which sucks content from other sites for you. Sounds like it might be only way you'll ever post anything to your profile. » 6/28/12 4:28am 6/28/12 4:28am

Apple AirPort Express (2012) Lightning Review: Probably the Best Router…

It's hard to have significant feelings about a router—it's supposed to just work and shut up, or not. But no router has ever just worked and shut up like Apple's newest AirPort—a white inch closer to networking perfection. » 6/26/12 4:40pm 6/26/12 4:40pm

Friendshake Is Facebook's New Way to "Friend" the People Around You…

A new Facebook feature has been made publicly available with not so much as an announcement. Friendshake uses your phone's GPS to find the people around you on Facebook and easily add them as "Friends." It's half cool, half freaky. » 6/24/12 11:00am 6/24/12 11:00am

How Many of Your Facebook Friends Do You Actually Know?

You log into Facebook and you have a birthday reminder for one of your "friends." The name doesn't ring a bell and the profile picture isn't helpful. Someone you knew in high school who got married, maybe? You have no idea. » 5/17/12 5:20pm 5/17/12 5:20pm