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    Sonic Wall Alternatives?

    If you are on 5.9/6.x series firmware, you need to enable content filter blocks to be logged. I don't believe they are by default. Security Services/Content Filter, Click the Configure button under content filter type. In the resulting popup, under "If url is marked as forbidden". Make sure...
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    Google Chrome Group Policy

    Where are you seeing that the Chrome signin feature has been depreciated? Because I am most definitely not finding that... I cannot see that feature ever being removed; it would get rid of a major part of the browser! Not to mention ChromeOS/book devices basically require it. Only thing I...
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    Google Chrome Group Policy

    Seeing as you put Group Policy in the title. I can only assume the feature has been disabled via group policy. I use Chrome Enterprise at work, and the ADMX template for Chrome GPO settings does in fact have a setting that disables the login feature. You should probably look and see if you...
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    4G CGNAT is frustrating

    Most VPNs have some sort of mechanism for dealing with NAT.. IPSec for example has NAT-T, or NAT Traversal.
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    looking for a good wireless PCIe adapter for a desktop

    For a cheaper option there is also this: It uses a Intel 8260 2x2 card. I have a few of these and it's slightly older cousin, the 7260. I...
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    Migrating DNS/DHCP from 2003 to a new 2012 Server - anyone successful

    I've done it several times. However I took a different path. I did this: Step-By-Step: Migration of DHCP from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 This will export the DHCP database and scope settings from the 2003 server and import them into the 2012 server. This saves you from...
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    Advice on new rouer for 1 Gbps service

    Ubiquiti has claimed the LR versions (at least the 2.4Ghz UAP-LR) in addition to having a higher transmit power also have 2-3dBm higher receive sensitivity. That could theoretically translate to slightly better client performance at the fringes, though it would take a good amount of testing to...
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    Advice on new rouer for 1 Gbps service

    That speed is typical for 802.11AC... With a 3x3 AC router ("1300Mbps" in marketing speak), a 3x3 AC client, and a great signal you can typically expect around 400-550Mbps of actual throughput. The Asus 3100 router you are getting appears to be a 4x4 AC device, if you have a 4x4 Wifi...
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    Advice on new rouer for 1 Gbps service

    Wanted to add I have a RT-AC66U on a 1Gbps Fiber connection. Using my ISPs own speed test website I can achieve 980Mbps, though I suspect the router is not the bottleneck here; something in the ISP's network is. Because during peak hours it "slows down" to a mere 810Mbps. So the AC66...
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    Analog fax machine over network?

    Ugh... Faxes.. The industry I am part of has a hard on for them as well. (retail lumber dealers/lumber yards). Many of our suppliers either prefer or require faxes for orders and order acknowledgements. Is it really that hard to just setup a generic email address to receive orders? We...
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    PCI Compliance...

    Never did understand the point of disabling your IDS/IPS for external PCI scans... Isn't that the entire point of them?!? To see if you are externally vulnerable? The fact that your IPS/IDS is blocking their scans; doesn't that mean its doing its job?!
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    Low 802.11AC connection speeds

    5Ghz wireless is attenuated a LOT more than 2.4Ghz. It will not go nearly as far if there are walls in between you and the AP. Depending on the material your walls are made from, the attenuation can be substantial. What are your actual tested throughput numbers? The connection speed numbers...
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    Ubnt wired PoE network cameras

    I've always been partial of Vivotek cameras. They provide some awesome Windows DVR software with their cameras for free called "ST7501" that works great and allows up 32 cameras on a single server. At work I have a little over 150 Vivotek cameras in...
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    Fiber or Point-to-Point?

    I'm with the Ubiquiti Nanostation team... If you want to avoid the hassle of trenching and all that... At work I have 6 PtP links using Nanostation Loco M5s across multiple sites. They are super reliable and have never went down in the many years we have been using them. Each link gets a...
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    Solid wifi pci-e adapter for my in-laws?

    I am fond of this one: It is actually a Intel 7260AC adapter slapped on a Gigabyte branded mini PCIe to 1x PCIe adapter. Have several in use...
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    HW firewall for home that supports IPV6 PD of /48 or /56 with DHCPV6

    Asus' RT series routers with the Merlin-Wrt firmware ( specifically support Comcast's native IPv6 setup.
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    11n vs 11ac

    Just wanted to add my 2 cents.. I bought a Asus RT-AC66U when they first came out a little over a year ago. At the same time I bought the cheapest 802.11AC USB3 adapter out there at the time. (Edimax EW-7822AC). I use the "Asuswrt-Merlin" firmware which is the stock Asus firmware with...
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    Asus RT AC66U and getting N Speeds

    Is the N client on the 2.4Ghz SSID or the 5Ghz SSID? If you are in a crowded 2.4Ghz area and your N device is on 2.4Ghz, then 56Mbps is typical.
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    Do you disable UAC in the enterprise?

    In my industry (retail home center/hardware/lumber yard type stores) we could basically pick any generic POS software out there and run it. But there are several designed specifically for the industry that are complete systems with POS/EDI/AP/AR/Payroll/etc.. in one package. And even there we...
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    Do you disable UAC in the enterprise?

    UAC is enabled for everything. Our policy is to not purchase or allow software that requires standard OS security features to be disabled. If you can't be bothered to bring your software into modern times, we won't be bothered to purchase or use it. It is time to stop doing things the 9x/XP...
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    Unifi 3.2.1

    I've been using the 3.x series since they where in alpha and never really had any problems aside from upgrading to the newest release wiping out the database. (turned out to be a bad symlink) From my experience with UniFi, here is what I have found makes it work best: Do NOT use mixed...
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    Existing coaxial/BNC/S-Video camera -- possible to give RTSP stream?

    We use these: for old analog cameras we need to convert to IP. It will take any composite video input and digitize it. The device has web interface where you configure it. It will work with Vivotek's NVR...
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    unifi question

    It is not unique to Unifi at all. Basic power management is part of the WiFi standard. It would occur with ANY WiFi access point, including the Asus RT series. But remember it is the CLIENT device that makes the choice to use it. Not the access point.
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    unifi question

    Power saving mode is part of the 802.11 wireless specification. During association the client informs the AP that it will be using power saving mode. From that point instead of transmitting/receiving constantly, during idle periods the client radio will shut down both its transmitter and...
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    DVI to VGA adapter display problem

    The first adapter you posted appears to be your bog-standard DVI-I to VGA adapter. It should work with any DVI-I port. The second adapter you posted allows one to run both a VGA and DVI monitor off a single DVI port, assuming the device supports this. The error displayed on your Acer LCD...
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    Quality RJ-45 Plugs

    If you look around you can find them much cheaper than that... I just posted those websites for reference. The 100pc and 500pc jars are cheaper per piece as well. They are a little more expensive than standard RJ45s regardless, but if you are crimping a lot of them, its worth it.
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    Quality RJ-45 Plugs

    I use nothing but these: Along with the matching tool: The wires extend out of holes in the front of the RJ connector. It makes...
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    New home, PoE info

    I'm curious what these "issues" are? You can use CAT6, but you really are not going to gain anything over Cat5E... 5E is perfectly fine for Gigabit. CAT6 doesn't really buy you any future proofing as its only rated for 10Gb Ethernet for short runs (up to 10 meters). You need CAT6A for...
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    WSUS on non-domain computers

    I definitely recommend using WSUS offline... I once tried to use WSUS to update client computers the way you are intending and it just didn't work out. When you remove the registry keys to switch the machine back to using Microsoft's Windows Update, it doesn't always work 100%. The...
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    WSUS on non-domain computers

    Instead of using WSUS in this manner, I recommend instead using "WSUS Offline Update" ( Its a free utility that will download and install all the updates you choose without having to muck around with WSUS. You can download and copy all the files to a USB stick. Put...
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    What is the best way to configure a ASUS n66u to stream HD media?

    Is your computer wired or wireless? If wireless, which network is it on? 2.4 or 5Ghz? Your 5Ghz network should be set to 40Mhz channel width. You need to rule the wireless out as the issue... If at all possible, temporarily get the Apple TV and the computer wired in. If you still get...
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    What is the best way to configure a ASUS n66u to stream HD media?

    One important thing to keep in mind.. If your sending device and the receiving device are both on the same wireless network your transfer speed will be cut in half. Wireless is half duplex, only one device can talk at a time. If for example you only get 3MB/sec from a wired to wireless device...
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    Certain wireless devices disconnecting

    One thing that can help with Apple devices is to not use a "mixed" mode encryption setting. If your wireless router has a combined "WPA/WPA2" option that allows devices to use either encrpytion, don't use it. Instead pick either WPA only, or WPA2 only. WPA2 being the recommended one...
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    Disconnects in home network...

    The power adapters included with Netgear FS/GS series desktop switches are notorious for failing. I have replaced over 20 of the damn things at work. If you test the adapter with a multi-meter while its under load, you will see the voltage dropping significantly below the rated output...
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    RDS Farm over IPsec or HTTPS?

    RD Gateway was meant to be used in situations where setting up a VPN just so remote users could use remote desktop was inconvenient... So unless there is another need for the IPSec tunnels its just another layer of complication. If every client that is connected via IPSec is experiencing the...
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    Sonicwall WLAN to LAN help

    NAT is not needed. But you do need a firewall rule for the inverse direction.. Both directions should be set as such: WLAN to LAN Source: Any, Destination: Any, Service: Any - ALLOW LAN to WLAN Source: Any, Destination: Any, Service: Any - ALLOW Also, make sure devices on either...
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    Question about Dell Powerconnect 5224

    Wait... I just realized our switches are 5424's.... Same bug may not apply in this case. I was able to upload the firmware right through the Web interface and make it the active image. A quick Google search reveals a dell document explaining the process on the...
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    Question about Dell Powerconnect 5224

    I got bit by this on ours as well.. older firmware versions have a bug that after several months of continuous operation a certain counter overruns and causes the switch to hard crash. The error should be noted in the switch's log.. We have 2 of these switches for redundancy purposes. The...
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    POE Splitter Loses Power

    I've attached a crudely drawn image to show the proper use of Ethernet splitters and how your setup should be hooked up.
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    POE Splitter Loses Power

    803.2af PoE devices do in fact indicate to PoE switches they are standards compliant, the switch then decides which mode to deliver power in and tells the device this. The device can optionally specify its power "class" which is how much power it will need. There are some "passive" devices...