For questions on connecting devices together so that they can communicate with each other, as well as questions on networking equipment such as routers and switches.

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Transatlantic ping faster than sending a pixel to the screen?

John Carmack tweeted,I can send an IP packet to Europe faster than I can send a pixel to the screen. How f’d up is that?And if this weren’t John Carmack, I’d file it under “the interwebs being ...
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Did I just get hacked?

I am developing a consumer product, and it is supposed to be connected to the Internet, so as expected, it is connected to the Internet so that I can properly develop it.I went away for an hour or ...
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Ping faster than light

I just discovered very strange thing while testing my internet connection.My ping is smaller than it should be. For example ping time to Arizona State University is about 14ms.eryk@eryk-pc:~$ ping ...
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What does the “Fi” in “Wi-Fi” mean?

I just got into a heated discussion about Wi-Fi. What does the Fi in Wi-Fi mean? I would have thought potentially "frequency interface" since all network adapters are classified as interfaces. However ...
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Test if a port on a remote system is reachable (without telnet)

In the old days, we used telnet to see if a port on a remote host was open: telnet hostname port would attempt to connect to any port on any host and give you access to the raw TCP stream.These days,...
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How to reliably keep an SSH tunnel open?

I use an SSH tunnel from work to go around various idotic firewalls (it's ok with my boss :)). The problem is, after a while the ssh connection usually hangs, and the tunnel is broken.If I could at ...
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How can I list all IPs in the connected network, through Terminal preferably?

Using Ubuntu 10.10, I was wondering if there was a command line command that can list all the IPs of devices connected to the network?I would use this for example, to list all the computers ...
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Is it possible to ping an address:port?

I am not into networking, and I have the following question related to the Linux ping command.Can I only ping an address? For example:miner@raspberrypi ~ $ ping onofri.orgPING onofri.org (67.222....
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Connect to the host machine from a VirtualBox guest OS?

I'd essentially like to access my host computer from the guest in VirtualBox. Is there an IP address given for my host which I can use from the guest? Are there extra steps required to set this up? I'...
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What's the difference between 127.0.0.1 and 0.0.0.0?

I understand that 127.0.0.1 points to localhost, and so does 0.0.0.0 (correct me if I'm wrong). So, what's the difference between 127.0.0.1 and 0.0.0.0?
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How do I know what proxy server I'm using?

I need to know what the address for my proxy server is so I can configure another program to also use it. If I go into IE, Internet Properties, LAN Settings, then all I see is an automatic ...
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How do I get a static IP address for my teapot?

I maintain this teapot:It returns a 418 error when it is pinged, and it is pinged regularly by people arriving from the relevant Wikipedia page. (For those interested, and there appear to be a few ...
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What is a “Magic Packet” for waking a computer?

My wireless adapter (Intel Dual Band Wireless-N 7260) has two settings in Device Manager which I cannot explain.Wake on Magic PacketWake on Pattern MatchAfter a bit of research, I found this ...
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Disable “These files might be harmful to your computer” warning?

I keep getting this irritating warning when copying files over the network:These files might be harmful to your computerYour internet security settings suggest that one or more files may be ...
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What are CLOSE_WAIT and TIME_WAIT states?

When I do netstat -a on my Windows machine, I get a listing of the ports with one of the four states:- LISTENING- CLOSE_WAIT- TIME_WAIT- ESTABLISHEDWhat do CLOSE_WAIT and TIME_WAIT mean/...

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