Increase your Internet Speed

If you are a dialup user, you may be having some concerns with a slow Internet connections. I’m sure that you have experienced, slow downloads, slow connect, slow to open even the simplest website, and all of the fun things that can go along with dialup. There is an answer to this by taking advantage of a web accelerator.

An Internet accelerator has been designed to speed up the process of downloading images and media over a dialup connection. It does this with a compression technology. The accelerator will actually compress all data and files, which means that your websites will now load a faster rate. This is particularly useful when you visit the same sites repeatedly, because most accelerators have a save feature that allows you to keep something similar to a copy of the website to download faster the very next time you need to access the website. Continue reading “Increase your Internet Speed”

Home Network Setup – Firewire Network (IEEE 1394)

You can connect two computers together (back-to-back network) using the firewire port (IEEE 1394) found in almost all modern computers today. The firewire port has a data speed of 400Mbps, so you can have a high speed data connection to transfer files between the two computers. All you need is just a firewire cable (max. length 15ft – 5m) connecting the two firewire (1394) ports of the computers, and some TCP/IP network settings for the firewire ports, as shown below. Continue reading “Home Network Setup – Firewire Network (IEEE 1394)”

Home Network Setup – PowerLine Home Network (Homeplug)

PowerLine networking is based on the concept of “no new wires”, similar with the PhoneLine network technology. Basically it uses the existing electrical wiring in your house to create a home network. The PowerLine technology is driven by the HomePlug Industry Alliance, which defined the following standards:

  • HomePlug 1.0 — Older Specification for connecting devices via power lines in the home. Theoretical speed of 14 Mbit/s.
  • HomePlug AV — Current Specification which allows for speeds up to 200 Mbps half-duplex. This HomePlug version can be suitable for transmitting High Definition TV (HDTV) and Voice over IP (VoIP) in the home network.

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Home Network Setup – PhoneLine Network (HomePNA)

An excerpt from the HomePNA Alliance site (www.homepna.org) gives an excellent description of what a PhoneLine HPNA network is:

“The HomePNA™ Alliance develops triple-play home networking solutions for distributing entertainment data over both existing coax cable and phone lines… By providing data rates up to 320 Mbps with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), HomePNA technology enables service providers to meet – and drive – the growing demand for new multimedia services such as IPTV and VoIP to the home. HomePNA technology also provides consumers with the many benefits of “no-new-wires” home networking. “

The strong point of PhoneLine (or HomePNA) networks is that you can use the existing telephone or coax wires to network your home PCs or other equipment. As with other home network technologies (Ethernet, PoweLine, WiFi etc), you still need a compatible Network Adapter for each device to be installed. Then, all you need to do is connect a normal telephone wire (or coax cable) from each networked device to a wall telephone jack (or coax plug). The current version of Home PNA is 3.1. This supports data speeds up to 320 Mbps, which is a considerable boost from the older version 3.0 (128 Mbps) and from version 2.0 (10 Mbps).

The diagram below shows a simple PhoneLine home network. Continue reading “Home Network Setup – PhoneLine Network (HomePNA)”

Home Network Setup – Ethernet Home Network

If you need a lot of speed in your wired home network, then Ethernet Technology is the way to go. An Ethernet network runs at data transfer speeds of 10/100/1000 Mbps (Mbps= Megabits Per Second), depending on the speed of the Network Interface Cards (NIC) used on the networked equipment. A speed of 100Mbps is usually more than enough for the needs of a typical home network.
Usually, Ethernet equipment on the same network can auto-negotiate their speed settings, and set-up their speed to the highest supported value.

The network diagram below shows a typical Ethernet Wired Home Network. Continue reading “Home Network Setup – Ethernet Home Network”