If you have an old router lying around, you can easily turn it into a wireless bridge for your PC, home entertainment center, or anything else that requires a physical connection. This is beneficial because routers tend to come with more powerful antennas that offer greater signal strength than your average Wi-Fi adapter and it’s a great way to recycle old hardware.
The Preparation: Install DD-WRT
In order to get a router to work as a wireless bridge, it needs to be working in “client” mode. Unfortunately, most stock router firmwares won’t give you the option of turning your router into a client.
As such, if your router [...]
With the Windows 10 Creator Update finally here, we thought it would be helpful to sum up some of the coolest features in this massive patch.
As its name suggests, Windows 10 Creator Update aims to boost Windows 10’s ability to make imagination come to life. When we speak of creators, our minds naturally gravitate towards graphics designers, videographers, and the like, but Creators stands for more than that. As multimedia and entertainment continues to evolve, so have different forms of creativity. With the expansion of gaming, VR, and 3D, creative mediums are more diverse than ever.
Of course, along with many of the new features aimed at [...]
Ever since Windows 8, Microsoft has tried to push their Windows apps onto users and while some apps may be useful on devices such as smartphones or tablets, they’re more often than not just very bad versions of apps that already exist in Windows.
One such app is Skype Preview, which have somehow creeped its way into many users Windows 10 installations. Unfortunately, many users have found that Skype Preview is buggy and unusable compared to the already existing Skype for Desktop app. After all, even Microsoft calls the Windows 10 app a “preview” rather than a final version of the product.
Today, we’ll show you how to remove [...]
There’re no two ways about it: all PCs slow down without proper maintenance. Before you decide to recycle your machine, try following this simple guide to see if you can squeeze out an extra bit of performance.
1. Run Windows Update
Windows tries its best to let you know when new updates with crucial bug fixes and stability improvements get released. However, sometimes the updates don’t automatically apply. If you’re experiencing a slow system, it may be that you need to update your system. This is especially important for newly purchased machines.
2. Identify Rogue Programs With Task Manager
The Windows [...]
When most people are asked what the main problems of their laptops are, the ones with Ultrabooks and other ultraportable systems would probably say performance while the ones with enthusiast and gaming laptops would probably say battery life, heat and annoyingly loud fans. While this guide isn’t going to teach you how to improve the performance of your laptop, we will cover how to increase battery life, reduce heat, and reduce the amount of time the fans kick in by using a technique called CPU undervolting.
What is Undervolting and Why Undervolt Your Laptop
As PC enthusiasts, we’re quite familiar with the term overclocking, a technique used to [...]
As PC enthusiasts, we spend quite a lot of time tinkering with our CPUs and GPU overclocks to squeeze every last bit of performance out of them, but it’s not common knowledge that monitors can also be overclocked as well.Why Overclock a Monitor?
Generally speaking, unless you own a 100Hz or 144Hz monitor, your monitor is running at 60Hz, or 60 Frames Per Second (FPS). Overclocking a monitor essentially refers to going beyond the 60Hz specification set by the monitor manufacturer in order to push more FPS than the manufacturer’s specification. Depending on the panel you own and a bit of luck, overclocking the monitor could potentially provide a [...]
If you’ve used a PC lately, you’ve probably seen messages from both Microsoft and Google trying to coax you into using their respective web browsers. Google’s iconic “Get Chrome” banner on Google.com appears so often that many people just download Chrome simply to get rid of it. Microsoft on the other hand peppers your Windows 10 desktop with persistent notifications, constantly reminding you about the new Edge browser and how much safer, faster, or power efficient it is. Then you have Mozilla Firefox, the humble, open-source browser silently watching from the sidelines.
While all three browsers have their pros and cons, one thing they all claim [...]
As we live in a more and more connected world, being able to conduct an internet speed test and subsequently interpret the results is one of the most important computer skills to have.
This is important for many reasons as it’s not only the first thing to do when troubleshooting a connection issue, it’s also necessary to determine if you’re getting the correct internet speeds you’ve paid for from your ISP.
What is Internet Speed, Ping, and Jitter
Before we begin, let’s first discuss bandwidth and latency, which are the two components that make up “internet speed”.
Bandwidth, which is most commonly [...]
These days, USB is pretty much everywhere. From your laptop to your smartphone to your tablet to much, much more, USB has become the dominant standard for communications between PCs and other electronic devices.
Originally started in the 1990’s to establish a standardized connector for PC peripherals, today USB it’s used for everything from computer mice to even laptop charging. In order to accommodate for such a wide range of devices and applications, USB introduced numerous versions and revisions within each version over its lifetime, which has unfortunately led to a bit of confusion. As such, this article aims to provide a handy reference guide to [...]
So you think you know how to cover your tracks. You know how to delete your browser history, you know how to clear the search cache, you know how to set up proxies to keep your IP hidden, but did you know if you were logged into Google that you can retrieve all your activity from the Google My Activity history log?
Yep, if you go to Google’s My Activity page, you can find logs of everything you’ve done while logged into a google account. Literally everything such as which websites you’ve visited, your Google Voice searches, YouTube video watch history, Google Map searches, and more are all kept in a separate vault from your Chrome [...]