What is an Ethernet Cable?

Cables can be confusing. But, once you know a few basics, the rest falls into place. One of the most basic cables to know and identify is an Ethernet cable. An Ethernet cable is the most standard type of cable to connect your router to your Internet service provider’s network. They’re typically thicker cables, with two identical ports on either end. What does an Ethernet cable do? All an Ethernet cable is responsible for is connecting your home network to …

What is a Wireless Access Point?

Once you go wireless, it’s hard to imagine going back to a wired connection. Wireless Internet is just too convenient. But how does wireless work, and what exactly are wireless access points? WAP basics A wireless access point (WAP) is a small device that enables users to connect to an Internet network using Wi-Fi. Some wireless routers have built-in access points – if you have one without, then a standalone WAP is what you need to go wireless. Connecting wireless …

How to Prevent Viruses

Computers aren’t immune to virus effects. They can get infected with malware (malicious software) that slows down your activity, infiltrates your system and can seriously hinder your online activity. So what do you do? If you’re not an IT specialist, it’s tough to know if you’re doing a good job taking care of your laptop or PC. Fortunately, most Internet providers, and some freestanding companies, offer tons of options to help protect your computer from harmful virus effects. Ways to …

What is a Domain?

Your last name (or surname) tells others what family you belong to. You’re a Smith or a Jones or a Watson – whatever it may be. Your first name is what tells people what specific Smith/Jones/Watson you are. Leslie Smith, or Robert Jones or Elizabeth Watson. Domain names work the same way. How to read domain names For example: www.harvard.edu. The “.edu” is just like a surname. It tells you that this domain name (aka the name of a website) …