Add a second wireless router to your network

This guide will help you setup a second wireless router to expand the coverage of your home network.

Change the settings on your primary router:

  1. Change DHCP range to exclude ip for secondary router
  2. Ensure wireless channel is far enough away from secondary router (ex: 6)

Now change the settings on your secondary router:

  1. Set a static ip different from primary router, but outside DHCP range
  2. Disable DHCP
  3. Ensure wireless channel is far enough away from primary router (ex: 11)
  4. Connect the routers together using an ethernet cable, be sure to use LAN ports on each (not WAN ports)

To allow for free roaming you may want to set both routers to use the same SSID, security type and password.

You will need some way to connect each wireless router via ethernet.

If you are unable to run an ethernet cable, a powerline ethernet adapter may be a good option.

Something like this:

TP-LINK TL-PA511 KIT AV500 Powerline Gigabit Adapter Starter Kit

Basic Tricks Every Computer User Should Know

No matter how tech savvy you think you are there are often some very simple and often overlooked, tips and tricks that can help everyone from the novice to the most advanced user optimize their computer experience and even increase security. Computers are now almost an extension of our own bodies and by utilizing these basic techniques we can begin to automate our experience and even optimize it.

Keyboard shortcuts are vital for time management. Some basic Mac and PC shortcuts include the following:

  • Add a bookmark: on your PC press Ctrl + D on your Mac press Ctrl+ D
  • Close Browser: Alt + F4 on your PC and Ctrl + Q on your Mac
  • Capture a screen shot: on your PC Print Screen (then paste [Ctrl + V] into a Word document) and on a Mac press the Apple key + Shift + 3

Want to boost your Wi-Fi speed? Who doesn’t? Wireless routers can operate on a number of different channels you ideally want yours on a channel with as much space as possible. Try using tools like Wi-Fi Analyzer to find the perfect Wi-Fi channel in your house. These apps check what channels are being used your computer’s range area. Seek the channel with as much free space around it as possible and use that channel instead.

How about security? How can we keep our personal information safe and secure and be less vulnerable to cyber attacks?

Be sure you use strong passwords, disable personal information from photos and other files, and never use open public Wi-Fi networks without protection. Other tips include the following:

  • Use two-factor authentication if you can. This is a simple way to lock your computer to an account so you need to always verify your identity whenever you use a different computer or device. Some sites like Google, Facebook and Dropbox utilize it. You should too.
  • Try a password manager like LastPass or 1Password to save your passwords securely.
  • Don’t answer password hints honestly, instead answer the questions with misleading information. Just make sure you remember your response.

Using these tricks and tips will not only give you added time to your computer experience, but it will also give you the bonus of added security too. Can you think of anything more optimal?

MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer

“The Program can’t start because MSVCR100.dll is missing  from your computer. …”

This error can happen when trying to run an application that requires the Microsoft Visual C++ runtime. Sometimes re-installing the application will fix this issue, but if that does not work you can install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package yourself.

Download and install either the x64 or x86 version depeding on your operating system version.

x64 (64 bit): http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=14632

x86 (32 bit): http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=5555

How to tell which version of Windows you are running?

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
  2. Under System, you can view the system type.

If your computer is running Windows XP or greater, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    • If you don’t see “x64 Edition” listed, then you’re running the 32-bit version of Windows.
    • If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows-frequently-asked-questions

How to reboot a pc into Safe Mode

What is safe mode?

Safe mode is a special mode in Windows made for fixing problems.  It is widely used for removing rogue security software.

Here are some things that happen when booting into safe mode:

  • autoexec.bat and config.sys files are not run
  • most device drivers are not loaded
  • standard VGA graphics mode is used

For more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safe_mode

Steps to reboot into safe mode:

Restart your computer

After you hear the first beep during startup, repeatedly press F8 on your keyboard

If you see Windows loading then it didn’t catch the F8 input in time. It can be tricky to time it right, so you may have to restart and try again a few times.

You should a screen like this when it works, Just select “Safe Mode” and press Enter. Windows should then boot into safe mode.

Windows Advanced Options Menu

How to shutdown Windows 8

Shutting down Windows 8 is not as obvious as earlier versions of windows due to the lack of a start menu.  The quickest way to access the power menu is to press the ‘I’ key while holding the Windows key on the keyboard, this will be bring up a menu on the right side with a power button. Using the power button you can select the power option you want. Another way to access this menu is to move your mouse to the bottom right corner which should bring up a menu, from there choose the Settings icon.

windows8_shutdown

 

Unable to delete the “Windows.old” folder in Windows 8

After performing a system refresh in Windows 8 you may notice a new folder called “Windows.old” located on the root of your C drive. (C:\Windows.old). This directory is a backup of the Windows directory prior to doing the system refresh and can be rather large. It is probably a good idea to wait a little while before deleting this directory to make sure you have everything you need from it, but at some point you will probably want to get rid of it to recover the space it is using. Since many of the files contained in the directory were system files you will NOT be able to simply delete the directory through windows explorer.

There are a few ways to delete the Windows.old directory but perhaps one of the easiest is to use the built-in cleanmgr utility. This utility can be accessed by searching for “cleanmgr”.

Steps for using cleanmgr:

1. Select the drive that contains the windows.old (typically C:) and press OK

2. Click “Clean up system files” button

3.  Check to delete “Previous Windows installation(s)” from the list and press OK

4. If should then ask to confirm the delete; press “Delete Files”

When the Disk Cleanup has finished, the “Windows.old” folder should be gone.

System Restore in Windows 7

The System Restore feature built into Windows can be very useful if you are experiencing a problem with your system. It works by restoring your computer’s system files to an earlier point without affecting your user data. (including personal files, email, documents, and photos)  System Restore reverts problematic changes caused by installing a program or driver. It is recommended to first try uninstalling any recent programs or drivers to see if that will correct the problem. New System Restore points are typically created automatically when installing new software or drivers, but you may also create a custom restore point at any time by accessing  the following:

  1. Open System by clicking the Start button , right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.
  2. In the left pane, click System protection.  If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  3. Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
  4. In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.

In order to perform a Restore run the following:

Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore

For more information: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/system-restore

Learning How To Choose A New Computer

Learning how to choose a new computer will be important for anyone who is in a position to replace or upgrade their old system. Likewise, if you have never owned your own computer ensuring that you make the proper selection will be even more vital. With so many options to choose from finding ways to navigate them can be a challenge all of its own. However, with a few simple steps and by keeping your needs in mind you should have no trouble locating the system that is perfect for all of your needs.

With a range of options that cover everything you could need from basic computational tasks, to mobile options, and even high performance hardware that will be able to give you access to the latest sophisticated software and computer games there is plenty to choose from. Keeping your needs firmly in mind will allow you the easiest time when it comes to making a decision. The first thing that you need to consider is what use such a system will need to fulfill.

If you just need to surf the Internet from home just about any system will do. Ensuring that you are able to select a system that is low cost, user friendly, and able to perform all of the functions you have in mind for it can be done with minimal effort. Purchasing an older model or even used equipment may be a way to enjoy even greater savings without having to sacrifice on any of the options or features that you need.

Should you need to make use of wireless, networking, or the ability to connect to other mobile devices you will have more options that will need to be considered. Spending some time to ensure the machine you purchase is able to support all needed software allows you the chance to sync it to your home network, mobile phone, and other devices. Purchasing something without due consideration for these options may leave you at a disadvantage when it comes to your other computers and devices.

For a high end system that will be able to make use of the latest and most powerful software and games you will have still another set of options that will need your attention. Making sure that you are in a position to select a machine capable of running everything you want it to will mean a longer effective lifespan for its use. Spending a lot on the cost only to be faced with upgrading or replacing it before you would otherwise need to would be an unfortunate situation to find yourself in.

Once you have considered all of the demands that will be placed on the system you will have a better feel for what selection would be best for you. From there it will simply be a matter of finding what you need for the most agreeable price. Taking your time to consider your options will allow you to make full use of them and can result in your purchase costing you less than you would be spending otherwise. This can be the best way when it comes to how to choose a new computer.

Comparing the features, operating systems, and performance specifications available will give you a better idea of the machine that would be best for you. Finding more than one outlet or store ensures that you will have a wider variety of price ranges to choose from. Balancing the cost against the features supported should allow the best selection for you to become an obvious choice. From there you will need only select the best price from the many outlets that can be found both locally as well as by direct order when you shop online. Getting the most out of your purchase will leave you with the system best able to perform in the ways you are most interested in.

By learning how to choose a new computer you will be more likely to enjoy a satisfying purchase. Spending too much money or paying for options that you do not wish for can be avoided when you have a firm idea of what you need as well as plenty of options in terms of where to find it. The end result can be a system that you will use happily for a long time to come. Making sure that you will be able to navigate your options allows you the chance to find a system that can meet all of your needs without having to come at a cost you are not able to afford.