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Networking hardware includes the physical devices facilitating the use of a computer network. Typically, networking hardware includes gateways, routers, network bridges, modems, wireless access points, networking cables, line drivers, switches, hubs, and repeaters. But it also includes hybrid network devices such as multilayer switches, protocol converters, bridge routers, proxy servers, firewalls, network address translators, multiplexers, network interface controllers, wireless network interface controllers, ISDN terminal adapters and other related hardware.

I want to find a low-cost NAS that can take the place of an external USB drive being used for Acronis backup images.  I'm told that a NAS can be set up on a LAN as a network share, but never having worked with one I don't know how that will be done.  I read the documentation for a Synology DS120j, but ALL it said at the end of the setup guide was that the "NAS is now online and detectable from a network computer".  But I'm thinking what I really want is a way to configure the NAS with a share name on the LAN--just as you can do with a share on a PC.  

Is there a good low-cost NAS that will let me do such a configuration--or am on "the wrong track" here?  TIA
I need helping understanding how to connect to a NAS drive across a simple LAN, having never used one before. Can they be configured with a share name like you might have on a PC on the LAN, such as \\BackupPC\Images\ ?  

The customer wants to buy two of them, and swap them out each week, where drive "A" would be connected one week and drive "B" would be connected the next week, so I need to know if they can both be configured with the same share name--as long as they are never connected to the LAN simultaneously--so that the customer's PCs running Acronis can always access the \\Backup\Images\ share regardless of which one is attached, and where Acronis will never know or care that they are being swapped out each week.

Can you do that with NAS?  The customer is consider a Buffalo 3410RN.  TIA
Inherited SonicWall TZ100
Need to add external ip address for remote access to internal cameras, each with own separate internal ip address
we have the external block ready need helping setting up the external ip on the firewall
I wanted my PC to act as hotspot, eg: by installing Connectify
or MyPublicWifi: the PC connects to a wired LAN but wanted
this PC to act as AP so that other devices could connect to it
& surf the Net.

I'm not allowed to install 3rd party softwares like Connectify
on office PC but can install a driver for a USB/dongle-like
device to make the PC a hotspot & thereafter the USB port
will disabled files transfer (in & out) but the USB could still
provide power supply & charge my mobile phones.

Anyone can point me to an Amazon or eBay link of one such
USB adapter/dongle??

I'm not looking for a device like one below as device below
connects to a broadband router  or  possibly an RJ45 port
of an ethernet switch but a dongle that connects to a PC:

I have a Windows(ver. 1903) 10 Dell 9020 desktop.  
1. This computer is part of a domain
2. I have mapped several UNC (to the servers) drives from M to P
3. All of the drives function properly with the exception of the M drive
4. After mapping the M drive ( have tried both with an IP Address and a Computer Name) the drive functions properly.  I can view the contents of the drive.
5. HOWEVER, each time the computer is restarted the M drive is disconnected (I cannot see the drive in Windows explorer).  
6. All the other drives continue to function properly.
7. After the computer has restarted I can map the M drive again and it functions properly until restart.

Notes: a. I click to reconnect on restart
b. The M drive is mapped to a folder that goes to an Accounting program (in other words if the M drive is disconnected the Accounting program does not open.
c. Other computers on the network are able to use the M drive successfully.  It is only one computer.
d. I have used the netuse command "net use x: /delete" followed by "net use x: \\server\share" however the drive does not show in Windows Explorer.
e. I have browsed but the local group policy and the startup folder for anything related to override or disconnect the M drive

Please Advice
Thanks in Advance
My Surface Pro is connected to the internet through its ethernet adapter.  After that connection sits for a while the ethernet adapter is disabled and a wifi connection is made.  I want to stay connected to the ethernet adapter at all times unless there is not ethernet available.  Where there is no wired connection then the usage of wifi is perfect.

I would appreciate help in stopping the machine from disabling the ethernet adapter and in setting up the configuration I have in mind.

The machine operates on Windows 10 and all updates have been run

In my research, I saw a reference to an adapter troubleshooter.  It yields nothing.  I have also found references to a power adjustment tab for the adapter, in the Device Manager, through the properties selection there, I have no such tab.

We are looking into purchasing a replacement NAS for home.  My wife wants to get one that is less noisy than the QNAP TS-451+ 4 bay one we currently have.  I know that the disks are the noisiest part of any NAS, I can't really afford SSDs though, especially since I have currently used 8tb of space (RAID 5).  I was looking at the models of the Synology with 4-5 bays, NVMe slots for cache and are easily expandable.  Synology said that the only easy way to move my data to their NAS from the QNAP would be to have both up and running and map both as drives on a window computer and then copy all data from one to the other.

I guess my question is many-fold:
  • What is the best Quietest NAS (including the disks)?
  • What is the easiest way to transfer the files from one to the other?
  • Is there any way to do this that won't cost me an arm and a leg?

Just to be clear - this is because we are switching from a combination of Verizon FIOS and AT&T to Optimum Altice.  So the NAS has to be moved from its current location in my home office, into the living room because the Altice is a combined Cable box and Router.  If I could just connect via Wi-Fi, I could keep the current setup.

I started a list on amazon with new NAS devices in mind:
We have a conference phone that needs to be moved around constantly where there is no ethernet jack.  Since our conference phone is a "wire only" phone, is it possible to locate a wireless hub that will connect to our router and then plug directly into the conference phone via an ethernet port?

Does such a thing exist and what's it called?
Hi guys,
I found this switch that will be potential candidate for my lab.
can you give me confirmation on the technical details?

24 rj45 Port Giga Ethernet ?
4 SFP (not SFP+) port ?
Possibility to add 2 modules of 2 SFP+ 10GB port each?
Layer 3 routing?

I don't understand what type of pci-e card + sfp module I need for my server or workstation
I am trying to implement TACACS GUI in my network.  First switch is a juniper ex2200.

Here is the juniper config:

tacplus-server { {
            port 49;
            secret "$9$QER439t1IcMLNHqT36/0OxNds4ZJU23DC1"; ## SECRET-DATA
            timeout 5;
    tacplus-options {
        service-name junos-exec;
    accounting {
        events [ login change-log interactive-commands ];
        destination {
            tacplus {
                server {
                        port 49;
                        secret "$9$DfHm5n6AIhr24UHqJ3s13333s"; ## SECRET-D                                                                             ATA
                        timeout 5;

    login {
        class Remote-Admin {
            idle-timeout 5;
            permissions all;
etc.... (for other user groups)

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I have added the switch to the TACACSGUI Devices. I added a test user with corresponding service, and user group.  I have opened up all ICMP traffic between server and switch.  So, they can both ping each other.    When I try to login to the switch as the test user, access denied.  Nothing gets logged in the GUI.  Any next troubleshooting steps?
Customer looking for WAN optimization. I’m struggling to find appropriate options, as it appears Cisco is ending their WAAS options. The customer mentioned Riverbed, but indicated it was likely too expensive…

The customer isn’t technical, so wasn’t too helpful on the discovery call, but I gathered the following:

•      They have three Ethernet (L2) circuits into their primary location in CA.
•      They sounded like E-Line/ELAN, but…
•      150M, 100M, 20M (being replaced with a 600M down/35M up) – so, the latter is obviously broadband/DIA
•      They couldn’t identify how the Internet connection is being firewalled
•      They have a Mushroom Networks (never heard of it) consolidating these links, somehow providing an SD-WAN policy for them.
•      Nothing (according to them) is being encrypted.

So, all of that wildness aside, they’re looking for something to front these appliances to accelerate their throughput. I’m open to a solution to optimize over each of three links or something larger, such as an SD-WAN option to bring all of them into a policy, etc.
SDN and SD WAN and SD Access and DNA Center

I have read about SDN and SD WAN.  if I understand They both are based on Centralized Control Plane.

So if I have  the Traditional Local Area Network  made up of Access/Distribution/Core   Layers,  and when I want to Implement SDN Technology , at what layer should I integrate SDN.
in other words if there is a hardware on which SDN is installed on, where should that hardware be located ?

SD WAN is WAN Technology , if I want to implement that technology  where should  I put the hardware that holds the SD WAN software.

if you can briefly give the    difference between SDN , SD-Access, SD WAN, DNA Center that might also help clear up the Terminology confusion.

THank you
I need a Wireless Label Printer, with WPS


I am okay using a thermal printer, which requires me to buy rolls of thermal paper.

I need it Wireless and I need a WPS button..

Does this printer connect easily to my WiFi?

Without having a server I have a program with 4 licenses that I want to be able to work on host computer and also on employees computer that is offsite.  I know this should be possibe.  Which is the best way to configure this?
Gloria in Oklahoma, US
I need to set up a site to site VPN, to allow a client to back up his office computers to a NAS in his home, across the Internet.  We haven’t purchased the NAS, nor routers, yet.  I’m looking for a recommendation for the brand, and even the model, of router, or routers (or firewalls) I’d need to accomplish this.  I know that some NAS-es feature a VPN server (QNAP does, anyway,) but I’m not clear that it would be appropriate for a site to site always-on VPN.  Please address this topic, too.  Thanks!
I am new to Ubiquiti. On a previous installation, I used a Windows computer to set up the UniFi Controller.

Can this device replace the need to set up a Windows computer?  It is certainly more compact.

I have a Nexus 6k connecting to UCS Fabric Interconnect. What's puzzling to me is that there are are "jumbo packet" - millions of them counted in the sho interface commands. But the MTU on the Nexus side is 1500. And the same thing is true if I log onto the FI - I see jumbo packet counters highly incremented and yet the interfaces are all set to 1500 MTU. Any thought as to how I could be seeing these big counts of jumbo "packets" (Frames would have been a better term no?) when I don't think I have jumbo framing configured on either side of these links?

RTR01# sho int Eth 1/3
Ethernet1/3 is up
Dedicated Interface
  Belongs to Po2
  Hardware: 1000/10000 Ethernet, address: 002a.5cc2.4aca (bia 002a.5cc2.4aca)
  Description: TO-MY-UCS01-A
  MTU 1500 bytes, BW 10000000 Kbit, DLY 10 usec
  reliability 255/255, txload 89/255, rxload 4/255
  Encapsulation ARPA
  Port mode is trunk
  full-duplex, 10 Gb/s, media type is 10G
  Beacon is turned off
  Input flow-control is off, output flow-control is off
  Rate mode is dedicated
  Switchport monitor is off
  EtherType is 0x8100
  Last link flapped 4d02h
  Last clearing of "show interface" counters 17w1d
  1 interface resets
  30 seconds input rate 109418408 bits/sec, 19662 packets/sec
  30 seconds output rate 3958742016 bits/sec, 346160 packets/sec
  Load-Interval #2: 5 minute (300 seconds)
    input rate 166.25 Mbps, 24.08 Kpps; output rate 3.51 Gbps, 309.55 Kpps
    411181255573 unicast packets  8610632 …
Hi Guys,
can you recommend a very cheap/refurbished VDSL2 modem ONLY with rj11 (POTS) WAN connection?
I want only modem or bridge feature because I have a dedicate firewall.

For now i have seen Draytek Vigor 130
Hi Guys,
My connection is FTTC VDSL2 and in arrives fisically from the wall with rj11 cable.
I want to set a VM PFsense for firewall and vpn purposes.
I figured that the fisical architecture is follow


-VDSL2 Modem must be set on Bridging mode
-Firewall WAN port must be configure (PPPoE, username and password ecc..)

It's correct?

We recently purchased an EMC ME4024. I have tried several SFP+ transceivers and DAC Twinax SFP+ transceivers to no avail. The device GUI notes they are incompatible when inserted. Can anyone direct me to the correct transceivers to drop in this thing? Maybe something I can go straight to Amazon to purchase. Thank you in advance!!

Btw, I'm connecting it to the switch below for iSCSI config to 2  PE-640 Server 2016 hosts (Qlogic SFP+ network controllers).
MikroTik 5-Port Desktop Switch, 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port, 4 SFP+ 10Gbps Ports (CRS305-1G-4S+IN)
I'm trying to setup a single R610 Zoneflex wireless AP to have 2 networks, one that has internet access only and another that has internet and office resource access.  This is going to be used at a skating rink where our members will be accessing the internet only and our staff both.
I'm new to ruckus devices, but I have setup Unifi and other devices.

Any suggestions on how to configure this properly?
Seeking information from Australian IT Pro's

A stalemate with the Internet provider and their supplied router has me stuck.

We needed to add an additional port fwd rule to the device a Telstra V7610 (we have 4 at present) and when added it fails to fwd the 5th port.  The Internet Provider confirmed it was an issue and has:
  • Downgraded the firmware and it failed to rectify.
  • Sent a Technician to our site to repeat the process and confirm I am seeting it up right, and was able to confirm that it fails.
  • Upgraded the firmware to a yet to be released version which created its own new list of problems, one of which was the loss of access to the management interface as soon as the connection to the NBN was online.

Like many we had to remove a perfectly good apliance (Draytek Vigor Series) and replace it with the Telstra/Netgear V7610.  In two years we've had the V7610 replaced 3 maybe 4 times to address problems with DOT and connection quality.

Do you have a solution to retianing the V7610 for DOT and another device for all other services, even better do you have one that addresses a V7610 with a Draytek Vigor appliance?
I am using the Juniper migration tool but is this the best method when you are changing vendors from Cisco to Juniper as it relates to access switches. I need to be 100% accurate with the configs . Any suggestions much appreciated.

I am setting up a SOHO.
Equipment is as follows.
1)  4 security cameras that record to the cloud through a Northern system
2)  Home wireless system mesh network
3)  Usual computers,  printers, etc
4)  Other "internet of things devices"  such as thermostats, lights.
5)  I have a total of 10 Ethernet jacks in our home, but only 6 in current use.

I will be installing a 19 inch 6U Wall Mount Patch Panel Bracket - 13.75 inch deep (also 24 port Cat 5E patch panel etc)
Gigabit internet.

I have concerns about putting all these things on one switch.  I like the idea of segmenting my network.  
I have heard good things about the Ubiquiti.  I am not an expert on routers, but I not a unfamiliar either.  
I am thinking about a router/switch capable of VLANS and POE for the cameras.  If I am misguided, then new insights are welcome.

With that in mind,  I would appreciate any help in selecting  a router / switch that would be appropriate but not more expensive than I need.

Thank you for your help.
I'm thinking about using Companionlink to sync my Outlook to my Android phone.

Have used it in the past.

Looking at connecting via Bluetooth as it's the simplest option.

Concerned about security.  

Seems like the software sends data via Bluetooth encrypted.  So, checks one box.

Here's my question - after I get the phone and the PC paired I can turn off discoverability.  But...seems like, for my Win10 PC (and lots of others) turning off Bluetooth is not enough.  I've got to run services.msc to get discoverability  ACTUALLY turned off.

So, my question is: am I on the right track here: to ACTUALLY keep my PC undiscoverable I would have to run services.msc and disable it at that level?

Then, to the base of my question: somehow having my Outlook data transferred via Bluetooth is dismaying.  Should I have that concern?  

My other options used to date have been using MS Exchange locally via a program called Akruto.  Or, using Companionlink over Wifi.  Each of these are also locally broadcasting my Outlook data to my phone.  (At one point I was even super secure syncing with Companionlink via USB cable.  Safe, but not efficient.)

So, my thinking now is this - if I can get Bluetooth discoverability ACTUALLY disabled on my PC and my phone that would reduce the chance when I'm on the road for a malefactor …

Networking Hardware-Other





Networking hardware includes the physical devices facilitating the use of a computer network. Typically, networking hardware includes gateways, routers, network bridges, modems, wireless access points, networking cables, line drivers, switches, hubs, and repeaters. But it also includes hybrid network devices such as multilayer switches, protocol converters, bridge routers, proxy servers, firewalls, network address translators, multiplexers, network interface controllers, wireless network interface controllers, ISDN terminal adapters and other related hardware.