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Packet Captures, Plain and Simple

One of the features I've seen in newer small network routers is the inclusion of a packet sniffer/capture/trace tool within the diagnostic menus of the device. Routers I've recently tested with this functionality include the SonicWall TZ190W, D-Link DFLCPG310, and Netgear's newly released FVX538 and FVS336G.

In each case, these devices have the ability to capture packets on a specific WAN port and/or on the LAN interface. Some of these routers have more sophisticated filtering capabilities than the other, but they all seem to have the same basic functionality of capturing packets.

VLAN How To: Segmenting a small LAN

VLAN How To: Segmenting a small LANVLANs aren't just for large networks. Doug Reid shows you how to use a smart switch and VLANs to divide a small LAN into secure, separate segments.

LAN Party How To - Part 3: LAN Management and Troubleshooting

Chris Dickens' series has so far shown you how to organize a smooth-running LAN party and get it powered properly. This time he offers tips on choosing networking gear, installing it and handling the problems that come with the territory.

LAN Party How To - Part 2: Building the LAN

You can't have a LAN Party without a LAN and you shouldn't set up your party's LAN before reading the latest installment of our How To. Chris Dickens returns to step you through what it takes to set up a fast, robust LAN that can handle plenty of fraggin'.

LAN Party How To - Part 1: Planning and Power

Ever think about throwing your own LAN Party? Or maybe you already have an didn't have a great experience. Chris Dickens has been there and done that and in Part 1 of our LAN Party How To shares his secrets of getting set up for success and making sure that there's power a'plenty to keep everyone happy.

How To: One Internet connection - Two Private LANs

There are times when having two separate networks - both sharing the same Internet connection - can come in handy. For example, I recently helped a community center with its network setup. They needed to provide Internet connection to tenants who were renting space, in addition to their own shared Internet. They also shared a number of folders on the network, but weren't too careful about password protecting the shares.

How To: WinXP's IPsec client really can work!

If you have an inexpensive IPsec VPN endpoint router and want to connect to the LAN behind it while you're on the road, you'll need to use a VPN client. Microsoft has included an IPsec client in Win 2000 and XP, but it is not the most intuitive thing to configure, and many have given up trying in frustration.

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