Bitdefender Home Scanner – A free tool that scans your Wi-Fi network, maps devices and identifies and highlights network security flaws…

July 13, 2017

With all of the wireless devices in our daily lives we often forget about them, how many, the potential security risks, etc… Bitdefender is taking an approach to help make our wi-fi world safe by offering a free tool that scans your Wi-Fi network, maps devices and identifies and highlights network security flaws … After you download, install and run Bitdefender Home Scanner you will be prompted to set up a Bitdefender account (which is free). If you need more information about this tool, prior to installing, CLICK HERE to see the User Guide…

Bitdefender Home Scanner is able to detect any wireless device that is turned on and connected to your home network. Wireless devices can either be smart home devices such as baby monitors, WiFi cameras, games consoles, smart TVs, but also Windows, Macs, iOS and Android-based devices.

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Track Potential Wireless Network Issues In Your Home With NetSpot

June 7, 2016

NetSpot is a Windows OS based (and Mac OS X based) Wi-Fi survey program that gives you the ability to build a Wi-Fi map to see where your dead zones may be. This is useful in placing hotspots (access points) correctly. NetSpot will gather all the needed information for radio signal leakages analyzing, noise sources discovering, access points effective location, etc.



A Hard Drive That Has Its’ Own Wi-Fi Network

April 10, 2013

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 ]


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Scan For The Wireless Networks In Your Close Proximity and Display Extensive Information About Them

September 11, 2012

If your computer has a wireless network adapter and wireless network card driver that works with the built-in wireless support of Windows Vista/7/8/2008, then you need to take a look at WifiInfoView. All modern notebook computers and many of today’s desktop computer meet these wireless specs.


WifiInfoView is a portable software application that will give you the ability to scan for the wireless networks in your close proximity and display extensive information about them. Information such as: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more…

Best part is this software is FREE from the reputable utility site NirSoft and is an excellent addition to any tech’s toolbox…



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Get A Snapshot View of Your Network Information

May 30, 2012

Running the command IPConfig is typically a windows based command used to display all current TCP/IP network configuration values (such as the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for all adapters). The IPConfig command also can be run with a host of parameters that will perform various network related functions such as refreshing the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

Recently I came across another third party form of IPConfig that is also called IPConfig that will centralize and display all your network information, local and remote, in one window.


The purpose here with the third party form of IPConfig is to give you  a snapshot view of the following network related settings on your PC:

  • Internal & external IP addresses
  • MAC address
  • DNS server IP address
  • Subnet mask
  • Gateway IP address
  • Hostname
  • Current network speed
  • Network adapter name
  • DNS suffix
  • DNS enabled
  • DNS dynamically configured
  • Auto updating



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A Free, Fast and Easy-To-Use Network Scanner

October 18, 2011

Years back when I managed a network, I relied on a network scanner to get a visual of what computers and devices on the network were alive (functioning). This was invaluable resource in maintaining the integrity of the network.

Believe it or not a good network scanner is an invaluable resource for your home network, as well. A scanner that I currently use in my home is called Advanced IP Scanner.

Advanced IP Scanner

Advanced IP Scanner will scan your network and will identify the computers and devices (wireless and all) that are currently operational on the network. What I like about Advanced IP Scanner is that I can identify the IP addressed of those devices to perform remote sessions and to transfer files. As a matter of fact, Advanced IP Scanner has an option built in that will allow you to transfer files (from shared folders) between the computers on the network.  This, however, is only one option available (see features below).

Advanced IP Scanner - Fast network scanning

Fast network scanning

With Advanced IP Scanner 2.1, you can scan hundreds of IP addresses simultaneously at high speed. The software supports scanning of HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and shared folders. Scan your network to get more information about all connected devices including computers’ names and MAC-addresses.

Advanced IP Scanner - Integration with Radmin remote access softwareIntegration with Radmin remote access software

Advanced IP Scanner 2.1 and Radmin remote control software are deeply integrated. IP Scanner lets you scan your network, find all computers running Radmin Server, and connect to any one of them with one click. The free Radmin Viewer needs to be installed on your PC for you to access a remote machine running Radmin Server. With Radmin, you can access the remote PC in Full Control, File Transfer, and Telnet modes.

Advanced IP Scanner - Remote PC ShutdownRemote PC Shutdown

This shuts down any remote machine or group of machines running a Windows operating system. You can use your default access rights or specify a login and password for shutdown. This feature is very handy for system administrators since it enables all computers in a customized list to be turned off in a single operation at the end of the working day.

Advanced IP Scanner - Wake-On-LANWake-On-LAN

You can wake any machine or group of machines remotely using Advanced IP Scanner if the machines’ network cards support the “Wake-On-LAN” feature.

Advanced IP Scanner - Simple and user-friendly interfaceSimple and user-friendly interface

Advanced IP Scanner has a simple, user-friendly interface. For simpler batch operations, it lets you save a list of computers to be scanned in a Favorites list. Advanced IP Scanner will automatically load your Favorites at startup. You then can choose whether to scan your entire network or just the computers in the Favorites list.



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Connect Multiple Computers Together For FREE Over The Internet

September 18, 2010

If you need a way to connect multiple computers together over the Internet, without worrying about firewalls, routers, or IP addresses, then checkout LogMeIn Hamachi.

LogMeIn Hamachi

LogMeIn Hamachi uses the technology of Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to tunnel its’ way between connections over the internet. It is like having a local area connection (LAN), between your computers, over the internet.


Unlike traditional VPNs, LogMeIn Hamachi can be set up in minutes:

  • No hardware required – A quick, simple and easy-to-use VPN that just works
  • Secure communications – Encrypted tunneling across public and private networks
  • Flexible networking – Combines the ease of an SSL VPN with the connectivity of an IP-sec VPN
  • Web-based management – Deploy to anyone, manage from anywhere, access anytime
  • Free for non-commercial usage – Absolutely free for non-commercial use

I am currently testing and using the FREE non-commercial version of LogMeIn Hamachi between my Desktop PC (Windows 7 Home) and my Netbook (Windows XP) over a wireless connection to create my own virtual private network, using a topology model described by the LogMeIn website, as Mesh Networking.

Mesh networking. Connect all of your network clients to each other. Quickly and easily create a simple, virtual, mesh network that allows remote machines to directly connect to each other, thereby giving users basic network access to all the network resources they need.

The install/setup of the client software took me less than 10 minutes for each PC. During the installation on my desktop PC I was prompted to give my PC a network name and then prompted to create a network ID and Password. During the Installation on my Netbook, I was prompted to give the Netbook a network name and then I selected “join an existing network”; at which point I typed in the network ID and password. The LogMeIn Hamachi client software (on the Netbook) started probing (searching) for the Desktop, on the network, and found it very quickly. I then setup a network share on the desktop. From the Netbook side, using the LogMeIn Hamachi client (see below), I clicked on “browse” and the share that I had setup, quickly appeared.  Wow, what an easy way to setup a network.

LogMeIn Hamachi

When downloading the FREE non-commercial version, you have an option of downloading a “managed version” and an “unmanaged version”. For the sake of creating my mini network, I went with the unmanaged mode.

Unmanaged mode allows you and your friends or colleagues to set-up a VPN in a matter of minutes. However you will be limited to a mesh network configuration.

Managed mode gives you the ability to create a VPN in one of three configurations: mesh, hub and spoke or gateway. You will have the ability to deploy clients to your users by emailing them a hyperlink, and you will be able to manage and monitor your networks and their usage centrally from

In the end, LogMeIn Hamachi was pretty easy to setup with minimal networking knowledge. One feature I really liked was that I could turn “off” my network by clicking on a “Power Button” at the top left corner of the LogMeIn Hamachi client software (see screenshot above).


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