Browse Media Files On Your Network From Your Android Phone & Cast Them To Chromecast

If you have a Chromecast, you very likely have Plex, or a similar app installed on both your desktop and your Android phone. Plex is hands down the best app for streaming media to the Chromecast. It's mobile apps act as excellent remotes for playing media but if you're looking for a super simple, zero set-up solution for browsing media files on any device on your network and playing them over Chromecast, Plex isn't what you're looking for. The solution lies with VLC player and the Beta version of its Android app. Here's what you need to do. Read More

Check 2G, 3G, & 4G LTE Network Compatibility For A Phone In Any Country

Phones, particularly flagship phones, are bought and sold on carrier contracts. Some might consider these contracts to be too restricting and in the long run they can even cost you more than purchasing an unlocked phone would but there is one guarantee that comes with a contract-phone; it's going to work with the network you bought it on. For a phone that you buy off contract, you know that it supports 2G, 3G, or 4G networks but the marketing for the phone will neglect to mention network compatibility for  carriers in different countries, even in the one it is being sold in. It assumes you're going to check that on your own. Will My Phone Work is a simple and free web app that lets you check the 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE network compatibility for any phone, in any country, on any network so that you don't end up buying a phone you can't use. Read More

Monitor Your iPhone’s Network And Data Usage From Notification Center

I find it odd that Android got rid of lock screen widgets the same time that iOS added widgets. I miss widgets on the lock screen on Android but I'm also surprised that they haven't taken off on iOS the way I thought they would. The bigger more popular apps like Dropbox and LinkedIn have of course added widgets but there are plenty of apps that haven't updated to add a widget for the Notification Center. It's prime space and if you're often concerned with how much data you might be using, need to check your local or public IP, CPU usage, Memory Usage, and how much data you've used on your Wi-FI plan and Carrier plan, the Notification Center is a pretty convenient place to keep a check on it all. Here are some iOS apps that support widgets to for network and data monitoring. The apps themselves have more to offer but we're concerning ourselves with what they let you do from their respective widget. Read More

Give Ethernet Higher Priority Over WiFi Connection In Windows 10

Long before routers were the default way to connect to the internet, when we had dial-up modems that were louder than car alarms, and wireless connectivity just wasn't something your system had because it was a tower PC, we had the choice to select which connection, of those available, Windows should connect with. I can still remember the havoc I caused because I didn't know what it was for and played around with it more than anyone would normally need to. Today, WiFi is the preferred way to connect to the internet simply because there are no restraining wires involved and it's super easy. That said, laptops still come with Ethernet ports and they are still used to connect to the internet sometimes being preferred over WiFi. It's common enough to see people connected to an Ethernet network when at their desk but still preferring to keep the WiFi switch on so that they don't lose internet connectivity when they have to step away. If you're in a similar situation, here is how you can tell Windows 10 to always connect to the internet over the Ethernet network when it's available and only switch to a WiFi network when the cable is disconnected. Read More

Quickly Switch Between Over 30 Popular DNS Servers From Windows System Tray

"How does the internet work?" You often get asked this question from your non-geek friends who spend half their time on Facebook or YouTube. While understanding every aspect of how it works isn’t as simple, there are certain technologies powering our world wide web that every internet user should know of. One of the them is the Domain Name System or DNS. Simply put, when you type a URL like in your browser’s address bar, it’s converted by your ISP’s DNS service into an Internet protocol understandable by computers and devices connected to the network, which determines how data is moved from point A to point B. Most people use the default DNS provided by their ISP, but if you’re facing issues with it, then one solution is to swap it with another one using a tool like ChrisPC DNS Switch. It’s a Windows tool that carries a huge list of presets from popular DNS servers that you can switch to, and allows power-users to specify custom DNS servers as well. Read More

NetTraffic Adds A Network Bandwidth & Speed Monitor To Windows System Tray

If your home internet plan is not unlimited, you’re not alone; the days of unlimited bandwidth have long gone in most parts of the world, and data metering has become a common practice among internet service providers due to increased bandwidth consumption by users. If your internet subscription has a monthly quota, it’s advisable to keep track of it on your own to keep yourself from exceeding your monthly data cap. Also, you don't always get the speed that you're promised by your ISP, and it keeping an eye on it can be a good idea to see if you're getting your money's worth. There are several tools out there to assist you with both these tasks, and NetTraffic is one program for Windows that helps you monitor your internet usage among a wide array of network interfaces. Read More

Microsoft Brings Its Network Speed Test App To Windows 8 & RT

When we sign up for a broadband plan, the ISP (Internet Service Provider) quite happily tells us about the maximum internet speed we can get. Though when things don't turn out quite as presumed, with webpages not loading properly or downloads getting stuck half way through, one is bound to get frustrated. There are a lot of ways to check your current internet speed via a variety of websites and apps and last week, Microsoft Research released their own speed testing tool for Windows Phone called Network Speed Test that allows users to test their broadband speed without much effort. The app has now also been made available for Windows 8 and Windows RT, and looks and works exactly like its Windows Phone counterpart. Read on for our full review. Read More

NetToolset Offers DNS, WHOIS Lookup & Other Network Admin Tasks In One Place

There are many types of network tools available for Windows. Some allow you to sniff DNS queries sent to and from your system, while others present WHOIS information about certain host right on your desktop. But how about an app that could, besides letting you view WHOIS information about any domain or IP, also put a wide array of useful network related information at your disposal? NetToolset is a powerful freeware Windows app that does just that. The application contains a set of tools including Ping, Traceroute, DNS Lookup, Reverse DNS, IP Whois, Domain Whois and Port Scan. Read More

Easily Search For Files Or Folders On The Network With LanHunt

Local networks allow easy sharing of files between multiple computers but if there is a large number of files and folders shared on a network, managing all of them can be a bit difficult. If you are looking for a particular file or folder and don’t remember the computer it was on or its path on that computer, things can get a little frustrating. The Windows search option works great to look for files onyour local storage, but not quite so for network files. Today, we have an open source application for you called LanHunt that allows you to search for shared files and folders on the network. You can quickly search for network content and narrow down the results using file-type filters. In addition, the Open Location feature allows you to directly access the parent folder of a required file. Read More

Colasoft MAC Scanner: View IP & MAC Addresses of All Computers On A Network

The Media Access Control address (assigned to Network Interface Card) is a physical address of the system on the network. It is commonly referred to as MAC address, or simply MAC, and can be used to check if any specific device is connected to the network or not. To perform basic remote operations, often only the IP address is required, however, actions such as Wake-on-LAN and other sophisticated tasks, require you to specify the MAC address to remotely control the connected computers. Finding the MAC address of your own PC is quite simple. You can go to your LAN adapter settings and note it down from there. But if you want to view the MAC addresses of all the computers connected to the network, then noting down the MAC address of each PC manually can become quite a time wasting and tedious task. To cope with this nuisance, today, we have an application from Colasoft, called MAC Scanner Free, which allows you to quickly find out the MAC addresses of all the devices connected to your network. Read on to find more details. Read More

WirelessKeyView Updated; Now Lets You Import & Export Wireless Keys

Back in 2009, we featured WirelessKeyView, an application with the purpose of recovering Wireless Network Keys from Windows or from the data left behind after Windows is uninstalled. Since our last review, WirelessKeyView had many of its minor bugs fixed. The method of displaying data has also been improved to incorporate grid view and to mark odd and even rows in order to make it easier to keep track of the fields. However the most important update added recently was the Import and Export of Wireless Keys. So now, you can backup and migrate your wireless keys anywhere you want.

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ContactSync: Sync Specific Outlook Contacts Groups With Network Users

Want to share specific Outlook Contacts group across the network users, but don’t want the fuss of having to manually pick and send contact cards from Address Book and send them to connected users? Meet ContactSync, an ingeniously simple, yet powerful Outlook 2010 add-on that lets you effortlessly share a specific contact group with anyone connected to your network. It is basically developed to let users easily share their business contacts with their co-workers and keep their shared contact groups synced all the time. It allows you to change the shared contact group, add, remove and edit contacts and replace the currently synced shared contact category with any contact group of your choice. In addition, ContactSync implements duplicate conflict resolution technique for de-duplication of shared contacts. When you share a contact, it immediately looks for contact with similar name and email address to prevent saving duplicate entries in shared contact group. It also uses FileAs and Email fields identify the same contact. Read past the jump for details. Read More

Colasoft Ping Tool: Ping IP Addresses & Graphically Compare Response Times

Ping is a computer network administration tool used to test if a certain host is reachable or not. It is also used to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from one host location to a destination computer. Previously, we have covered some network administrator utilities to ping local and remote locations, such as GPING (a portable utility that pings hosts and generates graphs for multiple host responses simultaneously), and FreePing Tool (a GUI-based application which allows you to ping host addresses to track the overall server time). Today, we have another similar tool for you, Colasoft Ping Tool, which allows you to ping multiple IP addresses at a time and plot the response times on a graph. The application allows you to save ping charts in a BMP file. More on Colasoft Ping Tool after the break. Read More

How To Create Wireless Ad Hoc Internet Connection In Windows 8 [Tip]

Apart from Start Orb and classic Start Menu, what most Windows 7 users, who decided to take Windows 8 for a spin, miss in Windows 8 is ability to create ad-hoc network. If you’re a power users, you might’ve noticed that Windows 8 doesn’t include an option to create and setup ad hoc network connection to share files and internet with Wi-Fi enabled computers and devices. Windows 7 ad hoc connection feature does nothing except creating a shared connection with separate IP address to register the device on the virtual network. This allows users to use router’s default or specified DNS server address to easily connect to internet. Even though Windows 8 comes with ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature to allow devices  to connect to yours PC internet connection, it doesn’t allow creating a wireless network connection to share the internet. In this post, we will look at some tools that let you easily create and manage ad-hoc connections in Windows 8. Read More

Z-DBackup: Modular File Backup Solution With Advance Directory Sync Options

Looking for a data backup utility that can do a lot more than just copying all the files or just newly created files from source to target locations? An application that supports numerous types of target mediums, while allowing you to create and configure file backup schemes, design synchronization jobs, set automated backup tasks, perform post-backup operations, burn files to optical discs, and compress backed up data? Z-DBackup is a modular backup system that offers a comprehensive set of features that may help you customize backup jobs as per your data backup and synchronization needs. Although it comes packed with an exhaustive list of backup features and tools, it doesn’t make it difficult for users to select the required tools that they want to use while backing up their files. Some of the noteworthy tools included in the application are backup data at network location, burn CD/DVD with backed up data, auto-shutdown after specified job finishes, create ZIP archive containers, virus self test,  run pre and post backup operations, and backup active and locked files. Read past the jump for details. Read More

Airplane Mode & Metered Connections In Windows 8 Network Settings

Among all the other UI changes of Windows 8, the way Network settings are accessed and manipulated has also been changed. Instead of the small box listing the available networks in Windows 7, there is now a Metro Style bar on the right side that deals with everything related to the Network settings. Windows 8 has been released as a single operating system for both PC’s and tablets. Although most of the features work on both PC’s and tablets, there are some options which currently can only be fully utilized on a specific device. Options such as the Airplane Mode and Metered Network are something totally new to the Network menu of Windows. In this article, we will be covering how to access and change Network Settings in Windows 8. Read More

Clipboardic: Save Clipboard Items In Files & Share Text Clippings Across Network

Clipboard managers offer an easy way to keep track of items you move to Windows clipboard during a session, and help you use selected clipboard items in required applications. Since clipboard tools allow saving only a limited number of items in the list, you may want to save the entire clipboard items stack separately to restore the clipboard data anytime you want, but wouldn't it be better if the clipboard manager could automatically move the saved clipboard items to Windows clipboard to let you easily use the paste the items. Nirsoft’s Clipboardic has been designed keeping this very idea in mind. It’s lightweight, portable clipboard manager that lets you save clipboard items in a file (CLP). You can use clipboard files to move the saved clipboard items to Windows clipboard by simply selecting the file from the application. Read More

Network Sorcerer Is One-Stop Client PC Control Utility For Small Networks

Network administrators of small scale networks, ranging from 10-50 systems connected to one server, often require a standalone network suite that can automatically administer all the connected systems. There are many network tools available to control the client operations such as system shutdown, restart, hibernate, wake-on-LAN, send critical messages and more, but what if you don’t want to switch between network utilities to perform required network tasks. If you’re using a variety of tools to control each aspect of the deployed network, check out Network Sorcerer. It’s a comprehensive application that has been specifically designed to handle small networks. Providing a unified administration console, it lets you perform client PC-related tasks right from system tray, including ping hosts, shutdown, suspend, restart, and hibernate, and send direct messages. Moreover, these options are highly configurable; you can select the options you want to access from system tray. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

eToolz Brings The Most Useful Network & Web Tools Under One Hood

Do you hate using multiple network tools for performing required tasks, including domain lookup, resolve DNS, ping domain, trace route and more? eToolz is a light-weight, portable application suite that includes a total of 10 most useful network utilities, enabling you to perform numerous network-specific operations from one window. The application has been specifically built to help network administrators diagnose and resolve a wide range of network-related issues. While the application comes packed with superior-alternatives to various Windows command line utilities, including Tracert, Ping etc, it hosts a number of web-related tools as well, that allow you to view page rank of any website, view domain whois information, verify email address, extract and view HTTP header info from given URL, and connect to internet time servers. Read More

Deploy Event-Based Network Monitoring Solution With IT Service View

Amongst the list of network administration tasks, monitoring each connected device, including hubs, routers, switches, clients, member and main servers is probably the most complicated task, as it requires system administrators to manually check each devices in a deployed network architecture. There are certainly a wide range of network-related tools available for server editions of Windows that allow monitoring a set of network devices like hubs, switches and routers, but If you don’t want to install multiple network monitoring applications to keep an eye on all connected devices, have a look at IT Service View. It’s a simple, yet robust, Network Devices monitoring utility that supports client and server editions of Windows, allowing system administrators to monitor both small scale and large-scale network architecture without having to deploy a complex monitoring solution. Details to follow after the jump. Read More