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How to extend your Wi-Fi network with a power line adapter. Power line adapters are a cheap and easy way to create a wired network throughout your home, and some models include Wi-Fi capability.

How to extend your Wi-Fi network with a power line adapter

I recently installed the latter variety in the form of the TP-Link TL-WPA4220KIT and now have a strong Wi-Fi reception in every corner and both floors of my home. Like most power line kits, my TP-Link kit includes two adapters: one that plugs into the wall and connects via Ethernet cable to my Wi-Fi router and another that I plugged in upstairs that broadcasts a wireless signal. The two adapters were paired out of the box as their own secure Wi-Fi network, but I didn't want a second Wi-Fi network that I would need to switch to when I was upstairs. Instead, I wanted to give my existing Wi-Fi network greater range. Cnet. Wireless audio has been around for years, but in 2015, we saw a big spike in systems and products using Wi-Fi, instead of -- or in addition to -- Bluetooth.

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It makes sense, after all: Wi-Fi generally offers better sound quality than Bluetooth, while allowing the same basic convenience of using a smartphone, tablet or PC as a remote control to browse your music collection -- or an online subscription or radio service such as Spotify, Pandora or many others. Sonos has long been the king of the hill in Wi-Fi audio, and -- indeed -- it continues to go from strength to strength, with its focus on usability and support for online music services. The company's new Play:5 speaker sounds great, and while a little on the pricey side, it's the best Sonos speaker yet by far. Meanwhile, Sonos added native support for Apple Music, bringing its total number of music services close to four dozen.

But Sonos wasn't our favorite product this year, at least in terms of bang for buck. Windows 10 tips and tricks. Millions of users have upgraded to Windows 10, and now the challenge is figuring out how to use it.

Windows 10 tips and tricks

Microsoft's flagship operating system combines elements of both Windows 7 and 8.1 but adds a few new places and interfaces as well. To check your network connections, for example, or to see a list of installed programs, the route may be unfamiliar. So if you're lost in Windows 10 right now, let us draw you a map. Navigate the new Start menu and Cortana Windows 10's Start menu uses elements from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. Activate Windows’ hidden, master admin account. Windows’ user rights can be confusing and frustrating.

Activate Windows’ hidden, master admin account

Whether signed in with an administrator-level user account or evoking the Run as administrator setting, you can still run into insufficient-rights warnings. But Windows’ built-in, separate Administrator account gives you unfettered access to virtually all parts of your system setup — once you know how to access it. Many Windows users don’t know this account exists, primarily because it’s usually hidden and inactive by default. Here’s how to enable the “master” administrator account — and use it to streamline heavy-duty system repairs, problem-solving, and maintenance tasks in Win8, Win7, and Vista. ?tag=nl.

Google gives you 15GB of free space in Google Drive, which seems like a pretty good deal compared to Dropbox's 2GB and Box's 10GB.

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But there's a catch -- that 15GB limit includes not only your Google Drive, but also your Gmail account (messages and attachments) and Google+ Photos. If you use Gmail as one of your primary email accounts, you've probably found yourself bumping up against that 15GB limit more frequently than you'd like. Here's how you can hunt down the files, messages, attachments, and media that's taking up valuable gigabytes and reclaim that Google Drive space for yourself.

Step 1: Find the problem. Lifehacker. D-Link Technical Support. IMPORTANT Note: D-Link does not guarantee the compatibility of all USB storage devices or Printers.

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Please select the type of device you are trying to use: 1. How to install Windows 10 preview. How to free iTunes purchases from DRM. Q.

How to free iTunes purchases from DRM

I still have over a hundred old iTunes purchases with DRM that don't work in my non-Apple devices. How can I convert them to DRM-free files? A. It's been over seven years since Apple began selling songs on iTunes without "digital rights management" usage restrictions, but many of us still have those ancient files lying around, unplayable on Android phones and tablets, Sonos hi-fi systems and other gadgets that didn't come from Apple and can't run iTunes. The usual, free workaround is to burn those tracks to a CD, pop that CD back into the computer and have iTunes copy the songs as regular, unlocked MP3 or AAC files. But that takes time, leaves you with lower audio quality than what Apple, Amazon and other stores sell now, and won't work if your computer, like most laptops, lacks an optical drive to burn CDs.

One of those, the $24.99/year iTunes Match, provides your easiest exit from DRM. How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna. Wanting to increase the range of your WiFi signal is almost like a rhetorical question for all those technology enthusiasts out there.

How To Build A Tin Can Waveguide WiFi Antenna

The WiFi antenna made out of a tin can is quite impressive! You don’t have to be a geek to realize that having the freedom to access the Internet from outside the room you have your wireless network equipment installed is something you do want. And With a clever design that costs maximum $5 one might wonder why you don’t see this device on every person or home. Not to mention it helps the environment by reusing a tin can that you would have thrown away anyhow. The project doesn’t require an electrical engineer on standby, as the tutorial provided clearly explains all the steps involved.

Best Microsoft Office Alternatives (Free and Paid Options) Microsoft Office once had an unquestioned stranglehold on the world of productivity suites and programs.

Best Microsoft Office Alternatives (Free and Paid Options)

However, recent software developments have given rise to a slew of office suites that fall outside Microsoft’s banner, many of which offer convenient functionality designed to go beyond the basic editing and formatting afforded by company’s premium suite and free-for-all offering (aka Office Online). For instance, the latter still lacks some advanced features such as Mail Merge and Pivot Tables despite touting many of the same featuring comprising Microsoft’s more expansive package. How to Unroot the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi) <img width="1000" height="667" src="<a pearltreesdevid="PTD279" href=" rel="nofollow" title="Link added by VigLink" class="vglnk"><span pearltreesdevid="PTD280">http</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD282">://</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD284">cdn</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD286">.

How to Unroot the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi)

</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD288">theunlockr</span><span pearltreesdevid="PTD290">. I know how it feels to have root-access on our device, but somewhere down the line you may want to unroot your device for various reasons. If Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi variant) is what you want unroot, here’s how you can do that: Unrooting is the process of removing root access, a custom recovery (if you have one), and just trying to get the device back to as close to stock as possible. Some of the reasons for unrooting your Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi) are: How to Unroot the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (WiFi) How To Fix Your Soft-Bricked Android Device - First Aid Guide. We like to play around with our Android devices. Testing new roms, kernels or other tweaks is, at least in my opinion, part of the whole Android experience. But sometimes things go wrong. First of all: Don’t panic! In contrast to iOS, Android is a rather open operating system which makes fixing a soft-bricked device sometimes really easy.

How to Back Up Stuff on a Samsung Galaxy Tab. A backup is a safety copy of information. For your Galaxy Tab, the backup copy includes contact information, music, photos, video, and apps you’ve installed, plus any settings you’ve made to customize your Tab. Copying that information to another source is one way to keep the information safe in case anything happens to your Galaxy Tab. Yes, a backup is a good thing. Lamentably, there’s no universal method of backing up the stuff on your Galaxy Tab. Your Google account information is backed up automatically. Home networking explained, Part 1: Here's the URL for you. Editors' note: This story was originally published on December 9, 2014, and has been updated with additional information.

Do you know that Wi-Fi and Internet are two different things? That's true, Wi-Fi is just a wireless method for devices in a local network to connect to one another using a router and share a single Internet connection, if there's one. How to build your own computer. This is the third and final part of CNET's guide to building your own computer. Make sure you have read part one and part two before proceeding.

Having all these small and expensive parts sitting in front of you may look like a daunting task, but in reality the setup process, while long, is relatively simple. Having tools like a box cutter, scissors, zip ties, and a screwdriver by your side will only make the process that much quicker. The most important task, and I cannot stress this enough, is to ground yourself. This can be done by touching the metal on your case. TiVo Roamio Pro - Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) For some time now, TiVo has been trying to become a whole-home entertainment solution. With the all-in-one TiVo Roamio Pro DVR, it has done just that. Though I don't know that it's wise to name a product after something that has an indelible relationship to a tragedy, the company's newest DVR goes hard-drive-to-hard-drive with Dish's Hopper with Sling , offering lots of tuners, tons of storage, and options for sending content to other rooms without buying additional DVRs.

It also makes it easier to load up your mobile devices (at least, iOS ones for now) with recordings. The Roamio boxes further sweeten the on-demand video pot with a heavy dollop of online video options, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube, meaning you can jump to those services -- and search them -- without having to switch the input on your TV. All categories. PlayBook App Manager. 50 essential Chrome tips. Polish up on your Chrome skills and get the most out of Google's web browser with our 50 top tips.

Behind its no-frills, stripped-down exterior, the Google Chrome browser hides a wealth of useful features and functions. Home networking explained, part 6: Keep your network secure. Editors' note: This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories section below. If you were concerned after reading CNET's recent report that most home routers can be easily hacked, I don't blame you.

The study did sound ominous, but the good news is that your network is likely far less susceptible than the report suggests. The Best System Tweaker for Windows. How to Set Up Your Own Private Cloud Storage Service in Five Minutes with OwnCloud. Home networking explained, Part 5: Setting up a home router. Editors' note: This post is part of an ongoing series. For the other parts, check out the related stories section below. Should I Use Plex or XBMC for My Home Theater PC? How to Add a Kindle DRM-Removal Plugin to calibre. Update: These instructions were updated on 22 August 2013. They worked for me on that day. DRM is the bugaboo of ebooks.

How to Share Your Wi-Fi Network with Friends, No Password Typing Required.

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Windows 7 and Bonjour Printers. My printer was recently moved to a more central location in the house and attached to the network through an airport base station . This was very convenient for all the Macs in the house (six at last count) and for the older PCs as well (through the magic of Bonjour Print Services for Windows ). However I’ve recently rebuilt my desktop PC, and had installed a brand new copy of Windows 7 on it. This presented a problem.