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TRENDnet TEW-631BRP

The TEW-631BRP is a rather plain-looking Wi-Fi router, clad in Trendnet's trademark blue plastic. It might be a plain Jane, but it's nonetheless a well-specified device with some nice features.

FTP for large files

My neighbour, a professional photographer, knocked on my door the other day, with a data-transmission problem. He'd just bought a fabulously expensive 22Mp Leaf back for his camera and the resulting image files were causing him a huge headache.

Powerline: the next big thing?

For many moons now, PC publications have talked about ways to connect devices wirelessly. As far as wired connections went, innovations have seemed thin on the ground. However, a way of physically connecting devices using something called Powerline -...

Setting up an FTP server

My neighbor, a professional photographer, knocked on my door the other day, with a data-transmission problem. He'd just bought a fabulously expensive 22Mp Leaf camera and the resulting image files were causing him a huge headache.

Speed tweaks

The control freak within Windows XP has had a nasty effect on networking nspeeds. Regain your authority - and quickly.

Get wired

Wireless LANs will one day take over the world, but that day is a while away yet. Here's how to best hook up your home until then.

IP: Next generation

Soon, every gadget on the planet will be on the internet, and they'll each need a unique IP address. That's where it gets tricky...

Contact lends

It's not impossibel to transfer your Outlook contacts and Calendars across networks, provided you've got a bit of patience.

NetSupport Manager 9.1

Remote-control offerings aren't exactly rare - Microsoft Windows XP Professional has one as standard, and there's always free VNC (Virtual Network Computing). But these are one-to-one tools and are not perfectly suited to the larger task of administe...

SpectorSoft Spector Pro 5.0

This is some spooky software. Although it politely bills itself as an Internet-monitoring product, under other circumstances you'd probably call Spector Pro 5.0 spyware. Get ready to swallow those scruples.

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