networking

US Federal Reserve's Cold War Bunker Had $US4 Billion Cash For After The Apocalypse

New York and DC are piles of ash, but at least your cheques are clearing. That was the idea behind the Culpeper Switch, a sprawling bunker built by the US Federal Reserve to keep the banks running after nuclear apocalypse. But even some Cold War-era politicians thought it was silly.


The Plan To Build An Undersea Cable Around The US -- And Why We Need It

There’s a new undersea cable in the works, unlike any system that’s been built before. It is almost 10,000 miles long. It winds under the Arctic Ocean, from the United Kingdom, over Canada, and down to Japan, offering the fastest possible route between London and Tokyo. It stops on icy Canadian shores along the way, providing internet access to small communities entirely dependent on spotty satellite connection. And what’s really new: the cable is made possible only by climate change. Melting Arctic ice is making way for giant cable ships.


Cisco's Going To Ship Its Equipment To Empty Houses To Dodge The NSA

The NSA is willing to go frighteningly far for your secrets, but at least one hardware manufacturer is willing to go further. A Cisco executive just said his company will ship its networking equipment to vacant addresses to avoid NSA interception. Clever idea.


Dovado's New Router Can Connect You To Just About Anything

What if when your home internet connection went down, your router automatically connected to your neighbour’s Wi-Fi or to the 4G mobile network to keep you connected? Swedish networking company Dovado has a particularly fascinating new router called the Tiny AC, developed with help from a few speed-hungry Aussies, that can do exactly that.


Netgear ProSAFE Click Switch: Australian Review

Anyone that has set up a home or business network knows how annoying it can be to have your network cables untidy and cluttered because your network switch is being pushed around by tangled cables. The Netgear ProSAFE Click includes a first-of-its-kind mounting system that means you can actually properly hide it out of the way in your home study’s desk or small business office.


Huawei Wi-Fi Cube 4G: Australian Review

If you can’t get ADSL or cable or NBN internet at home, or if you don’t need that much data per month over the ‘net, and you live relatively close to a city or metropolitan area, a 4G mobile broadband device might suit your needs very well. These usually come in the form of a Wi-Fi hotspot, portable and battery-powered, but this Huawei Wi-Fi Cube is designed to live in your home and connect everything in it wirelessly to the internet through Vodafone 4G.


How To Make Sure No One's Secretly Stealing Your Home Wi-Fi

Wireless Network Watcher is a free, simple program for Windows XP and above that can take a quick look at the computers and devices connected to your home network. Fire it up and make sure there’s no one on your Wi-Fi network who shouldn’t be there. If you do find a squatter, a password change on your router should be enough to thwart them.


How To Get The Most Out Of Your Home Broadband Connection

Is your home internet feeling a little on the slow side? Having trouble diagnosing the issues yourself? Let us help you out: we’re here with all the tips and tricks you need to know to get the most out of your home broadband connection for streaming everything from YouTube content through to Apple TV and Netflix.


How To Print From Anywhere

We just aren’t printing as much as we used to. Where once we’d churn out driving directions, movie tickets, or school reports, these documents almost always stay in the digital domain. But for those occasions that you do need to print something, here’s how to make sure you can do it from anywhere, without a single cord.


Linksys WRT-1900AC Router: Australian Review

Fast Wi-Fi is great. Fast, long range Wi-Fi is even better. Like a good pair of shoes, tyres or skis, investing in a powerful router can save you money in the long run and future-proof your home network. For my money, right now, the Linksys WRT-1900AC has no equal in the world of wireless networking.