Network Applications, Upgrades and Information Technology
By Bradley Mitchell, About.com Guide
- Staying Safe Online
- Improving Network Performance
- Networking with Consumer Electronics
- Managing Network Storage
- Using P2P and File Sharing Networks
- Using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and Remote Access
- Using Internet Web and Proxy Servers
- Building a Home Automation System
- Following Internet Application Trends
- Jobs and Careers in Computer Networking
Staying Safe Online
Unfortunately, networks are subject to attack by criminals and mischief makers. They may be looking to steal files and personal information or just simply harass others. Monitoring network usage and being prepared to cope with some unwanted problems is essential to maintaining an enjoyable online experience.
- What Is Network Monitoring?
- How to Find the Owner of an IP Address
- How to Use a DNS Blacklist
- How to Fix DNS Cache Poisoning
- Acceptable Use Policies
Improving Network Performance
So-called speed tests measure the bandwidth of an Internet connection. You can employ various tweaks on a computer and home network to increase their overall performance. Other tools and techniques also exist for improving performance of specific applications.
- How Is Network Performance Measured?
- Top Internet Speed Test Services
- How Can the Wireless Signal Range of a Wi-Fi Network Be Extended?
- How Can The Wireless Signal Range of a Wi-Fi Laptop be Boosted?
- Upgrade Your Home Network to Wireless N
- Introduction to Computer Network Bandwidth and Latency
- Introduction to Broadband Speed Tweaks
- About TCP/IP Benchmark Tools
Networking with Consumer Electronics
Consumer electronics devices like game consoles, personal hand-held gadgets, home entertainment and home security systems can often be connected to your home network and the Internet to increase their usefulness.
- Xbox 360 Network Troubleshooting
- 802.11g Wireless Game Adapters
- Home Networking for Internet TV
- Connecting a Computer to a Television
- Wireless Internet Video Cameras
- Internet Thermostats
- Schlage LiNK Electronic Keypad Security
- Top Apple iOS Apps for Wireless Networking
Managing Network Storage
Storage networking utilizes specialized devices designed to serve or back up large amounts of data across local area networks. Two types of storage network technology exist - SAN (Storage Area Network) and NAS (Network Attached Storage). A SAN supports large-scale network data storage, retrieval and replication typically for business networks. A NAS utilizes one or more file serving devices connected as peers on a local network. Establishing a network backup system that keeps safe copies of all of your digital data is always recommended.
- What is Network Storage?
- Introduction to Home Network Backups
- NAS Drives for Home Networks
- SAN - Storage Area Networks
Using P2P and File Sharing Networks
P2P (Peer to Peer) Internet file sharing systems use distributed network techniques and specialized protocols to support large-scale online file searching, sharing and messaging. Some P2P file sharing systems have been heavily criticized for enabling the sharing of copyright material such as commercial music and video files. Popular P2P file sharing applications include BitTorrent and LimeWire.
- Top P2P File Sharing Systems
- Tips for Downloading from P2P Networks
- BitTorrent P2P Clients (including Azureus, BitComet, uTorrent)
- Instant Messaging Systems
- FTP File Transfer
Using Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and Remote Access
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) supports local or long-distance protected access to network resources by tunneling through shared public links. While VPNs offer one type of remote access solution, other remote access software applications can also be used.
- What Is a VPN?
- What Are The Benefits of a VPN?
- VPN Tutorial
- Top Internet Remote Access Software
- VPN Services With International IP Addresses
- Common VPN Error Codes Explained
- VPN Tunneling Explained
- How to Create VPN Connections (Windows XP)
- IPsec and SSL for VPN Security
Using Internet Web and Proxy Servers
Proxy servers are Internet gateways that provide network firewall, connection sharing, and caching technology for computers on a private network. Public Web proxy servers are also available on the Internet as a means to enable anonymous online surfing.
- Introduction to Proxy Servers
- Free Anonymous Web Proxy Servers
- Free Internet Proxy Lists
- HTTP Error and Status Codes Explained
Building a Home Automation System
With the use of a few special-purpose gadgets, you can automatically control a home's lighting, HVAC, and security systems, saving time and money. Home automation systems utilize specialized networking technologies but are designed to be installed and used by non-professionals.
- How to Get Started With Home Automation
- Why Spend Money on Home Automation?
- Introduction to Automated Home Lighting
Following Internet Application Trends
Commonly used applications on the Internet today include Web browsers, email clients and instant messaging systems. Industry trends suggest that future network applications will continue evolving into even more powerful environments.
Jobs and Careers in Computer Networking
Anyone deeply interested in computer networking technology can build a career in the field. Many network engineers earn college degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, or information technology, but others learn through on-the-job training and self study. Job titles and expectations vary across the world and by technical specialty area. Several recognized professional certification study programs in networking can be pursued to demonstrate mastery of the subject and improve job prospects.