Thursday, 12 January 2017

How to Find WiFi Hotspots in Your Area

Wi-Fi hotspots is the best thing to log on to the Internet anywhere in the world.

There are places on the street where you could connect your device such as laptop, smartphone or tablets to the Internet.

Just to get hold of the signal, people will go to lengths just to reach the perfect signal spot. We shall discuss some tips that will help you learn how to find Wi-Fi hotspots in your area.

Locating Wi-Fi Hotspots near You


Learning a few tricks to help find Wi-Fi hotspots in your area will always prove to be beneficial. Using these simple tricks, you can find Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere in the world.

Seek a Chain Restaurant

Restaurant chains such as McDonalds or Starbucks usually offers Wi-Fi to its patrons. Just walk-in and order something to eat for yourself. And enjoy your time while surfing the Internet.

Other Places that Give Free Wi-Fi

You could walk into a mall and get free Wi-Fi to access the Internet. Many malls do offer free Internet services to their customers while they shop. At times, grocery store chains or departmental stores also offer their own hotspot areas to their regular patrons.

Hotels too offer free Wi-Fi to their guests. So, better look for free Wi-Fi services when you book your room. This will allow you to work on your laptop in your room, the hotel lobby or even the garden!

You could even go to the airport and use the free Wi-Fi service. However, not all airports offer free Wi-Fi and it depends on the country as well as city you are travelling to.

Locating Wi-Fi Using Apps

You could use Wi-Fi hotspot locator apps to find the nearest spot. These apps are available free on both Android, iOS as well as Windows. Download and install an app before you move out of network. Open the app when you are out of connectivity and using your GPS location, it will display the nearby Hotspot areas. Don’t rely on these apps too much. They are good, but may not show up-to-date results at all times.

Using Google or Bing

Google or Bing too will help you find hotspot areas around you. When using Bing, you should switch over to the U.S. version to find hotspot areas in India. All you need to do is type Wireless Hotspots in South Mumbai or Wi-Fi Hotspot near Pune.

These are some of the easy tricks to help locate Wi-Fi hotspots. Seek free Wi-Fi hotspots whenever possible, as it will help you save precious data whenever possible.



What is IPv6 Address

Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) is a numerical label.

It helps in identifying a network interface of a computer or any other network node. It helps in enabling data communications over packet switched network.

What is Hexadecimal Number System?


The hexadecimal number system used a radix (base) of 26. In order to represent the values in readable format, the system uses 0-9 symbols. They represent values from zero to nine and the A-F represents the values from ten to fifteen.

The IPv6 Address Structure

The IPv6 address consists of 128 bits that is divided into eight 16-bits blocks. Every block is then converted into 4-digit Hexadecimal numbers and separated by colon.

The Need for IPv6 Address

The exponential growth in use of Internet from various devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, wireless handheld devices, etc. has led to increase in need of additional blocks of IP addresses. The IPv4 supports around 4.3 billion unique IP addresses. Theoretically, IPv6 supports around 2128 address, that is, 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456!

It is estimated that IPv4 address will be exhausted soon and will need IPv6. IPv6 and IPv4 have a similar structure and many transport layer protocols can support both.

Advantages of IPv6

IPv6 helps answer the problem of increased address space. The 128-bits are definitely more useful than 32-bit IPv4 address. It gives a limitless number of unique IP addresses. Also, due to its size, it is less vulnerable to malicious activities like IP scanning. The main advantage of IPv6 is supporting Mobile IPv6 protocol. It allows mobile devices from switching between networks and receiving roaming notification, irrespective of the phone’s location.

IPv6 address is now being used worldwide. Most of the latest operating systems now use IPv6 by default.

Friday, 6 January 2017

How to Find Default Gateway of My Computer

When you hear someone talk about default gateway, you think it will be enveloped with a complex technical process.

However, default gateway is very important for accessing a router’s administration as well as network settings. Yet, it is very simple to find default gateway of a computer.

Let us look at the easiest way to find the default gateway of your computer.

Default Gateway of a Network on Windows

Those who are using a Windows-based computer can find the Default Gateway in a single step. Just click on Start and type CMD. Or you can press the Windows Key along with ‘R’ and open the Run Menu. Type CMD and click OK.

This will bring up a new black window and you need to type ipconfig. Hit Enter and a lot of information will pop up in the window. Look for the title Default Gateway and the numbers opposite it is the information you are looking for.

Default Gateway of a Network on Mac OSX 10.x

Mac users need to click on the Apple icon and click on System Preferences. Now, you need to select Network and find the default gateway written next to Router.

Copy the Default Gateway and type it in any web browser. Hit Enter and a window prompting for the username and password will appear. Enter your routers default username and password and this will lead to opening of the admin page of your router.

This is all you need to do to find the default gateway of your computer.



A Simple Way to Block Adult Websites from Kids

Kids today are born tech-savvy. They know their way around with gadgets and devices.

When it comes to using the Internet, it is as simple as they breathe. Toddlers, kids or adolescents, kids today are using their parent's smartphones or tablets for watching videos or playing games. Kids can easily download many applications from the app stores. In addition, the Internet is a vast ocean where the child can easily get the information needed.

This is where as a parent you need to start worrying. The Internet may be filled with useful as well as entertaining information. Yet, it has a deep abyss of adult material that you wish to protect your kids from stumbling into.  There are ways that will help you learn how to block adult websites from kids. Let us have a look at some of the simple ways that will prevent your child to some extent from discovering the dark and dirty adult world.

Blocking Unwanted Websites on Internet Browsers

There are ways that can help you block adult websites without downloading software or spending money. This can be done by changing the settings on your web browsers.

Internet Explorer users can click on 'Tools' and select 'Internet Options'. Here, click on 'Content' tab and go to 'Content Advisor'. Select 'Enable' and you can now set your settings. These settings are based on 'Ratings' or 'Approved Sites'. You can even allow or disallow websites irrespective of the site rating from the 'General' tab.

Windows 8 users can block adult websites by clicking on 'Network and Internet'. Go to ‘Control Panel’’ and select ‘Network and Internet’. Here, select ‘Internet Options’ and click on the ‘Content’ tab.

Select the ‘Family Safety’ button and choose ‘Standard User- Family Safety on Password Protect’. Click on the accounts you want to block the adult websites and select ‘On’. Now, choose ‘Web Filtering’ and select ‘Only use the websites I allow’. In the restriction level, choose ‘Designed for children’. Close the Internet Options window now and from now all adult websites will be blocked from kids.

Blocking Unwanted Websites Using Software

There are many site-blocking software or programs available that keeps adult content from popping up in a child’s view. Some of the useful software that prevents monitors as well as restricts your child’s Internet viewing include:
  • NetNanny
  • FamilySheild
  • CyberPatrol
  • CyberSitter


Blocking Unwanted Apps on Google Play Store

If you worry about your kids downloading apps from Google store that are inappropriate for their age, then carry out the following steps to filter out unwanted apps.
  • Go to Google Play Store and click on the three stacked lines on the upper left corner of your screen.
  • Select ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Parental Controls’. Tap on it to turn it On.
  • You will be asked to create a PIN that will help you set parent controls.
  • Now, set restrictions for Apps, Games, Movies, TV as well as Music.
This will help keep away unwanted, adult content from being downloaded on your kid’s device without your consent.

These are some of the ways on how to block adult websites from kids. One cannot monitor the things kids see on the Internet at all times. However, by using help of applications, settings and being vigilant will make sure kids see only things appropriate for their age.



Thursday, 5 January 2017

Finding Subnet Mask on Windows and Mac

In order to overcome network problems and troubleshoot them, you need to have a bit of information related to computer networking.

This includes understand what is Internet Protocol, Subnet Mask, etc.

Let us first have a look at these details in short and learn more about finding subnet mask on Windows and Mac.

Making Networking Simple

Internet protocol or IP address is the basic structure for most networks. It helps in communication between different devices. Each computer or device has its own IP address just like a fingerprint. The Default Gateway is the device that helps connectivity to other networks.

A Subnet Mask is the portion of an IP address that indicates the network and the host. The default subnet mask for many computers and network routers is usually

What is the Subnet Mask on a Windows Computer?

It is very easy to find the subnet mask on a windows computer. All you need to do is go to Run by pressing the Windows Key + R. Type cmd and open the Command Prompt window. Here, type the command ‘ipconfig/all’ and hit Enter. You will get the information related to your Subnet mask as ‘Ethernet Adapters – Local Area Connection’.

If you wish you can even click on Control Panel and go to Network & Internet  Network and Sharing Center  Local Area Connection and then click on the Details tab. You will get all the details like IPv4 Subnet Mask, default gateway as well as DNS servers.

How to Find the Subnet Mask on Mac?

In order to find the Subnet Mask on Mac, all you need to do is click on the Apple icon and go to System Preferences -> Network.

You will get a Location drop-down list. Choose Automatic and then Ethernet connection or Airport, if you are connected to Wi-Fi. You need to click on the Advanced Tab, configure IPv4 using DHCP and you will see the Subnet mask for your Mac.

This is all you need to do to find subnet mask on Windows and Mac devices.