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A home network is a convenient way through which multiple computers can access each other via a common system to share and transfer a variety of data that includes photos, music, documents, videos and more. In addition, users who are connected to the network can also access certain equipment such as printers and scanners. However, home networks come with their own share of advantages and disadvantages. Listed below are a few questions answered by the Experts on issues related to home networks.

I have a Linksys router and am wondering where I can get my password to access my home network from.

To retrieve your password you will have to connect to the router’s interface possibly with the help of a network cable and get the password through the configuration software.

Follow the steps below to connect to the interface:

1. Open a web browser window and type in 192.168.1.1 in the address bar on top (not the search bar) and hit Enter.

2. You should be prompted for a password here. If none of the default settings were changed when you first set up the router, let the username remain blank and type in “admin” in the password section and hit OK. Do not use quotes here. This should help you enter the routers’ configuration interface. In case you have a newer model of Linksys, type in “admin” in both the username and password fields.

3. Click Wireless at the top and then choose Wireless Security in the sub-menu to lead you to the security page.

This should lead you to your password. It could be listed as a Passphrase, Shared Key, or WEP Key based on the kind of security settings that you have.

My home network is currently running through a PC server that runs Windows Home Server. Through this I can assign my dynamic IP to a fixed address. If I install a Mac with Lion Server, can I still "find" my server over the internet?

You can do this by using a service called DynDNS.com that offers Domain Name System service to both individual and professional users. All you have to do is sign up on dyndns.com to help you choose the name you want.

How do I know what my home network is called?

At the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, you should be able to see a wireless symbol that resembles cell phone bars. Once you click on this, it should display a name. This is the name of your home network.

Can I use a Verizon 3G card to activate a home network?

There are two ways you can set up your home network. One, by using a 3G card connected to a router that is compatible with the card. And two, by using the card in a PC and configuring the PC for Ad-hoc wireless networking and Internet Connect Sharing. By doing this, other computers can connect to the Ad-hoc wireless network using the same card.

While you may have come across some of the problems listed above, there could be other issues related to home networks particularly to do with security hassles like hacking and so on that may be relevant to your own situation. While you can tackle some of these issues on your own, it may help to take guidance from an Expert in dealing with more serious problems. Put your questions to Networking Experts now and find quick and cost-effective ways of approaching and fixing all your home network problems.
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