That Darned Old Internet Gateway!

Written by David Morse

WARNING! WARNING! DANGER! DANGER! This is just how I felt after recent experiences of helping a friend of mine get his new wireless router working. I was talking him through some ofrepparttar settings onrepparttar 107781 phone while looking at my router, which isrepparttar 107782 exact same model.

Now I am not new to computers or networking but I must say that Windows XP still throws me now and then. My friend starting reading his screen to me and mentioned Internet Gateway when he went into his Windows XP Networking Connections. There was a red flag! I told him hooooold on! Stop! Now what did you say again? He said in his Network connections he saw an icon for Internet Gateway. My immediate thought was somehow he had managed to turn onrepparttar 107783 Internet Connection Sharing or ICS.

I bopped on over to my new laptop, running XP Professional and…BAM! I hadrepparttar 107784 exact same thing on mine. I hadn’t seen this cute little icon before. Maybe I just hadn’trepparttar 107785 “just right” opportunity of noticing it before? Who knows…

In my infinite wisdom (Of not knowing what this little mysterious icon would do for o me.), I decided it must berepparttar 107786 ICS and I didn’t want that, so I right-clicked and disabledrepparttar 107787 sucka! Well, not a swift move for me. It did indeed disable it. The icon went away and so did my whole home network’s Internet connection. DOH!

I tried to simply enable it again, but as I said,repparttar 107788 icon was now gone. There was nothing to click to enable. I went through everything I could think of but none of my computers could get out torepparttar 107789 Internet thoughrepparttar 107790 router. I use a cable modem so I plugged a computer directly into it, rebootedrepparttar 107791 computer and YES, access once again. So I knewrepparttar 107792 problem had to lie withrepparttar 107793 router. It seems somehow I had managed to turn off some portion of my router by just disablingrepparttar 107794 Internet Gateway from my XP Pro.

After fumbling around for hours shutting everything down, resettingrepparttar 107795 router withrepparttar 107796 hardware reset button, reconfiguring all router settings I still could not get it to work again. I wondered if XP had actually shut downrepparttar 107797 router’s WAN port.

I finally broke down and called Linksys technical support. I first tried their online knowledgebase, which wasn’t working,repparttar 107798 online live chat, which nobody answered, and searchingrepparttar 107799 net for answers. After being on hold for quite some time, a tech finally answered and she was very polite and helpful. I knew she was going to walk me through shutting down everything and resetting and I told her I had already done this but would be willing to do whatever she suggests at this point. Well I’m glad I did. I did in fact already do everything she was having me do, but missedrepparttar 107800 sequence of steps. So let that be a lesson, do not think you’ve exhausted allrepparttar 107801 simple fixes untilrepparttar 107802 tech tells you that you have. :)

Know linux

Written by Pawan Bangar,Technical Director,Birbals,India.

Linux Linux essentials:

•It's free for download but you have to pay a tiny bit to mail order it or buy it from a company. If you're getting Linux for more than 2-3 PCs, you can also get training and support at a small free, if you choose to have it. Else it'srepparttar Linux community onrepparttar 107780 Net to your rescue. •If you want to get comfortable with Linux, you don't have to let go of windows. Get Linux installed on a seprate partition and you can switch between Windows and Linux. There are some Linux versions that run off CDs too-xandross and Knoppix. •You don't have to be a geek to work with Linux. There are Desktop environments that let you work in Linux as you work in Linux as you would in Windows.

Linux hand in decreasing PC prices. The PCs bundlerepparttar 107781 operating system. Linux being an open source operating system, means thatrepparttar 107782 code that runs is open for everyone to see, work with, modify and develop their own innovative apps for it. The deal with this experimentation is that you have to sharerepparttar 107783 knowledge you gained andrepparttar 107784 software you created withrepparttar 107785 public domain. Sorepparttar 107786 operating system comes to you for free, or if there are some copyrighted application on it, you play up a bit. But this is nothing compared torepparttar 107787 fortune people spend on OSs like windows. And a company bundles Linux and applications based on it with a computer, quite a bit ofrepparttar 107788 software cost comes down.

Linux came into being about 11 years ago- it was developed by Linux Tornados of Finland along with a group of programmers fromrepparttar 107789 open source software movement. Linux was mostly something onlyrepparttar 107790 geeks worked with. And yes, it was mostly about commands and programming. But overrepparttar 107791 years with so many Linux enthusiasts (about 50 million of them) working on it and sharing knowledge about it, quite a few versions have come up which are as easy to use as windows. And developers are still free to work with code and enhance it.

Linux is growing steadily year after year. With a passionate community backing it, with big companies Like IBM and HP pledging their support for it, it's no wonder Linux-repparttar 107792 wonder operating system for servers ofrepparttar 107793 past, has also made it torepparttar 107794 desktops of today. Not in a sweeping way yet, but in ways that will help you -the user. PC prices are already on their way down. And you get more choice with operating systems and applications. From being an OS only computer professionals had heard about, Linux, in a short time, has made a transition intorepparttar 107795 lucrative and high profile home PC segment. Most ofrepparttar 107796 decision to switchover sounds very economical. From a measly base of a few thousand users, Linux now boasts of close to 50 million users, crackingrepparttar 107797 monolith of Microsoft's monopoly. Companies like IBM, HP and Dell have also taken to Linux in a big way. Microsoft doesn't agree withrepparttar 107798 free concept at all-the software is free butrepparttar 107799 support isn't Windows code to outsiders so they could build on to it. Very recently though,repparttar 107800 company has allowed part ofrepparttar 107801 code to be opened up to some US government are vying with each other to get tech-savvy and helprepparttar 107802 citizens through e-governance,repparttar 107803 opening up ofrepparttar 107804 OS code is important, countries like India need a variety of regional language fonts and content to be created which can't done without Microsoft's help, ifrepparttar 107805 choice is Windows. Since this isn't happening much, they have gone ahead with adopting Linux.

Linux is based onrepparttar 107806 commercial OS, UNIX. Allrepparttar 107807 OSs tries to pack in command line management of systems. System administrators of companies use command lines allrepparttar 107808 times as their lifeline, but it's not really meant for regulars users. But UNIX and Linux are not all about just command line stuff. UNIX has had a graphical user interface for 30 years. In its 11 years Linux has always had always had a GUI too-in fact a choice of GUIs.

Linux Versions: If there are so many people working on it. There's likely to be many Linux versions too. Many companies working on Linux have come up with what are called Linux distributions. There are Linux versions that are compiled and packaged and released with various additional software. The popular distributions or destroys include Red Hat Linux Mandrake Linux, Corel Linux SUSE Linux and Debian . it's just like having different flavors of ice cream. True torepparttar 107809 spirit of open source, if you downloadrepparttar 107810 distro fromrepparttar 107811 company's Website, it is free for use. Butrepparttar 107812 distros are usally quite huge. If you are gettingrepparttar 107813 distorts fromrepparttar 107814 company, be ready to pay up a tiny bit. Companies compilerepparttar 107815 packages, make installation hassle free, bundle applications, add a manual, and extend any support you need. So they charge a fee for all this.

One note here though:repparttar 107816 free in Linux stands for freedom of choice, to redistribute, to install a feature, freedom to modifyrepparttar 107817 source code. That'srepparttar 107818 spirit of Linux being free.

Linux better than other OS

Linux users won't even bat an eyelid before they say an emphasis comes from a deep dislike of Microsoft's practice of changingrepparttar 107819 earth for software. But a lot of it comes fromrepparttar 107820 fact they are ready to swear upon-that Linux is more stable. There are no blue screens and no viruses to speak of. Linux has a better security support for multi-users, lets you set up a stable server, internet gateways etc, and still lets it-self to be used as a desktop workstation. Add to that it being free, and they argue that you don't lose anything by giving it a try. You get free support onrepparttar 107821 Net quickly on any query you may have. And you don't even have to wipe out your Windows. Just get Linux on a different hard disk partition and free to switch betweenrepparttar 107822 OSs as you please .

Myths about Linux

Installation: Linux is hard to install, isn't it? Not really. Most people haven't ever installed Windows on their computers either-since it comes preloaded. Linux is as easy-some say easier-to install compared to Windows. You can install it through a graphical user interface like Windows. But what really stumps most people in installing Linux on a second partition on their hard disk, when they want to be able to use both operating systems.

A partition is a way of organizing space on your hard disk by creating virtual sections that are separate from each other. Most computers that are running Windows or MS DOS have one large chunk of space holdingrepparttar 107823 OS. This space isrepparttar 107824 C drive. If you have a large hard disk, it's likely that it has been divided up into smaller bits called partitions to help you organize your data better. These partitions are usually called D:, E: etc. you could have Linux on any of these.

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