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You Can Extend Your Wireless Networks Signal Range & obtain a Wi Fi Booster without buying a New Repeater


What should you do to ensure that the Wi-Fi signals are available in full strength in every corner of your house?

You can easily extend your Wi-Fi network with some additional hardware – like Wi-Fi Repeaters and Wireless Access Points –but if you want to save a few bucks, just get hold of an old wireless router that you no longer use (or get a wireless router on sale) and connect it to your existing router using an inexpensive Ethernet cable.


Part One: Note the settings of the existing router


Step One

First we need to determine the IP address of our existing router. Let’s assume the router’s IP address is Also make note of the Sub-net Mask value which is usually


Step Two

Open your web browser and type the router’s IP address, that you determined earlier, into the address bar. Don't Forget to add http:// to the address. (You can probably Skip that but just to be safe)


Step Three

Once you are in the settings of Old router, switch to wireless settings and make a note of the Wireless mode, the SSID and the channel. If you have protected your Wi-Fi with a password, also note down the security mode used (WPA, WEP or WPA2) and your secret pass-phrase.


Part 2: Configuring the Second Router


Step Four

Press the reset button on the router for about 30 seconds. This is a Hard Reset to restore the factory defaults. Now connect Second Router to your computer using the Ethernet cable. Put one end of the cable in any of the LAN ports available on the router and the other end to your computer’s Ethernet port. Make sure the router is powered on.


Step Five

Open the browser and type – the default Internet IP address of your old router. If you are not using a Cisco (Linksys) router, try which is the default for Netgear and D-Link routers. If you need to login, the user name is usually admin and no password or "password".

Once you are in, you need to change the values of the default SSID, Wireless mode, the channel, set the security mode and the pass-phrase so they match with your Existing router.

Next disable DHCP Server since our existing primary router will handle the task of assigning IP addresses to devices connecting to the wireless network.

Finally, change the IP address of the New router to any free address in your LAN. For instance, if the IP address of Old Existing router is, you can safely assign to the new router. Also make sure that the Sub-net mask is the same as determined in Step 1. Save the settings.


Part 3 Connecting the two Routers


Your existing Router probably has five (1+4) ports – the WAN port here (or the Internet port) should be connected to the ISP provide modem as before. Pick any of the available LAN ports on the router and connect it to any of the LAN ports on the New router using an Ethernet cable, that's it. Then...



Linksys routers



Top 5 things to do when your Internet slows down

There is nothing more frustrating than sitting down on your computer and the Internet is crawling slowing almost to a halt.  Well here are some tips that may help get you going again.

Clear the cache and temporary files in your browser.

In Firefox click on Tools in the top menu then select Clear Recent history. The next screen you can select everything, then select Clear Now.

The following are tips compiled for your enjoyment.   The commands are nice to know and the Add-ons, you'll find,  you cannot live without them.


Resize Text Size IE :

Page forward and back IE :

Page scroll using mouse wheel button IE :

Select visited web site addresses IE :

Presentation Mode IE :

Stop flashing images IE :

Print Part of a Web Page IE :

Quick jump to Web Site IE :

Here is the list of shourtcut keys for Internet explorer.

Add-ons, Add-ons and Add-ons




Resize Text Size IE :
Hold down ctrl key and move the wheel on the mouse. The page text will enlarge or shrink.



Page forward and back IE :
Hold down shift key and move the wheel on the mouse. This will page forward or backward through the pages selected.



Page scroll using mouse wheel button IE :
Push down on the mouse wheel button and slide the whole mouse up and down. This will page up and down the screen.



Select visited web site addresses IE :
Select the F4 function key.  This will show a listing of sites you have visited for selection.



Presentation Mode IE :
Select the F11 function key to enter Presentation mode.  Select the F11 function key to toggle back.



Stop flashing images IE :
Find a site that has flashing images  After the page loads select the Esc button.



Print Part of a Web Page IE :
Select the area you want to print with your mouse. Select the print option from the menu bar - not the print icon. Change the print range area to selection.



Quick jump to Web Site IE :
Type just the Internet domain name in the URL Address field and hold down ctrl enter keys. This will fill in www as the machine name and TLD .com




Here is the list of shourtcut keys for Internet explorer.

  • CTRL+A: Select all
  • CTRL+C: Copy
  • CTRL+X: Cut
  • CTRL+V: Paste
  • CTRL+F: Find
  • CTRL+E: Search
  • CTRL+W: Close window
  • CTRL+N: New browser window
  • CTRL+R: Refresh web page
  • CTRL+O: new location - esc to close
  • CTRL+D: quickly save a Web page to your Favorites list
  • CTRL+I: Favorites
  • CTRL+P: Print the page
  • CTRL+H: History
  • CTRL+tab: goto URL Address field
  • Alt+Spacebar+X: Window Maximize
  • Alt+Spacebar+R: Window Restore
  • Alt+Spacebar+N: Window Minimize
  • Home key: beginning of page
  • End key: bottom of page
  • Backspace key: move back a page.
  • CTRL+LEFT+ARROW : quickly move the cursor back between parts of the address.
  • IE7 and IE8 – Ctrl + T or Ctrl + W Open last tab

Add-ons, Add-ons and Add-ons

ieSpell – ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage.

McAfee Site Advisor (only IE 5.5 – 6.0) – slim and easy-to-use security addon, features include:

  • protects you from adware, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams
  • advises you about the safety of websites using a colored button in your browser
  • places website safety ratings next to each search result


(only IE 7) –Includes powerful tab manager, AD or Flash blocking utility, Crash recovery, Proxy switcher, Web accelerator, User Agent switcher, Webpage capturer, Greasemonkey scripts support, Firefox style inline search, spell checker and some more.

Open Last Closed Tab - This add-on can resurrect any tab you've opened and closed during your current browsing session -- including those tabs you shut down accidentally.  IE7 and IE8 – Ctrl + T or Ctrl + W Opens last tab

LastPassYour Your LastPass master password is the only password you'll ever need.




The following are tips compiled for your enjoyment.   The commands are nice to know and the Add-ons, you'll find,  you cannot live without them.


Open Multiple pages at startup

Add a Home Button to the Toolbar

Carry out calculations in the OmniBox

Nice to know commands

Add-ons, Add-ons and more Add-ons




Open Multiple pages at startup

You can get Chrome to open several pages as it starts up, giving you instant access to whatever sites and services you prefer to start your day with.

It’s easy to setup. Just click on the wrench icon on the top right of your browser window, select “Options” and under the “Basic” tab check the box where it says “on startup… open the following pages.”

If you click “Add” it brings up a list of recently browsed sites to choose from, or you can manually enter a URL in the box at the top.



Add a Home Button to the Toolbar

Chrome use a sleek design,  but there are some users who just need a button to click and go “home".

Adding a home button to Chrome is simple — just click on the wrench icon at the top-right, select “Options,” and under the basic tab you’ll see a check box for “show Home button on the toolbar.”



Carry out calculations in the OmniBox

In addition to being a URL bar and a search field, Chrome’s “omnibox” is also a basic calculator. Instead of loading up your computer’s calculator, Google or Wolfram Alpha, you can just type your mathematical query into the omnibox and the result will show up where you’d normally see auto-suggestions.

Beyond simple sums, this also works for unit conversions like feet-to-meters, pints-to-liters, etc,.



Nice to know commands

  • Control + Shift + N opens an 'incognito' window - sites you view in this window won't appear in your history and cookies served by sites in this window will be deleted when the window is closed.
  • Alt + Home loads your Google Chrome home page, with thumbnails of your most visited sites shown in the active tabbed window.
  • Control + T opens a new tab. You can drag tabs around to change their order or drag a tab out of the window into its own window.
  • Control + Shift + T opens your most recently closed tab. Press the key combination again to open the tab closed before that one. Google Chrome remembers the last 10 tabs you've closed.
  • Control + Tab lets you cycle through your open tabs in order.
  • Control + Shift + Tab cycles through your tabs in the opposite order.
  • Shift + Escape is a quicker way to bring up the Google Chrome Task manager.
  • To see what plug-ins are installed, type about:plugins into the address window.
  • To delete cookies, go to Tools > Options > Under the Hood. Scroll down to the Security section, and click Show cookies. Now you can click Remove all or remove individual cookies.
  • To clear more data such as the Google Chrome browsing history and cache, click the Tools icon and select Clear browsing data...



Add-ons, Add-ons and more Add-ons


You must have be running chrome to go to these download links

Click here to download Google Chrome Browser

Google Voice

Ever wondered about making calls via Google,  all you need to do is enable it on your Google Voice Account and this extension.

Facebook chrome

If you’re one of the many people who can’t stop checking Facebook and Twitter, you’re not alone. Wouldn’t it be easier to have all of your updates in one click?

IE tab for chrome

The IE tab renders Internet explorer page inside chrome to help you out of trouble. You can also set which pages to load automatically in IE tab so that you need not worry about it the next time you open that same website.



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