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I have a fair amount of experience in peer-to-peer networking. I can answer questions about hardware, networking software, protocol settings, etc. I have some client-server experience, but not a lot with Windows-based servers. I can also give some advice on home network security: VPN, firewalls, anti-virus, etc.

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I am the Director of Information Systems for a large law firm which connects about 300 users over five offices via a wide area network. We use client-server, peer-to-peer, remote access, VPN, Internet, and proxy servers.

I also have a peer-to-peer network of computers at home, with file and print sharing, remote access, shared network storage, and shared Internet access with a firewall.


BA George Washington University JD University of Michigan

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2017-01-08 Un-requested computer add-ons at start-up:

Hello,    The images do not take up a great deal of space.  Microsoft rotates in new pictures and deletes old ones over time.  You can disable lock screen pictures and manually delete the ones on your

2016-05-21 modem issues:

Hello,    It sounds like the modem is damaged, probably the result of a power surge when power was restored.  You can try disconnecting the device from power for a full 30 seconds.  If your modem has a

2016-01-13 printing over wireless network:

Windows is supposed to be able to detect the printer again automatically and recreate the connection. Unfortunately this often does not work.      The best way I have found to get around this problem is

2015-12-20 printing over wireless network:

After turning on print sharing, you might still need to go into the printer properties and make sure that specific printer is shared to the network.  You may also want to look at the firewall and make

2015-12-13 Home Networking with router & 3G:

Hello,    It sounds like you are allowing the router to act at the DHCP server for your network.  If doing that, the settings will be such that the devices will go to that router in order to access the


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