6 Useful tips for improving your IP Network experience

In this post you will find some interesting tips (some of them, directly taught from geek-experts) that will help you to improve your experience while using an IP Network. Feel free to share it and don’t forget to leave your comments on the section below, especially if you know more hacks, or you are not able to implement one of the mentioned here. I hope they make things easier for you as they did to me.

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1  . Network adapter advanced settings

In general, within Windows, network adapters have advanced settings you can modify: Ethernet or wireless. Just check them out and try new things. Maybe you will find some straight operation (for example, roaming and band preferences), the possibility of disabling the Wi-Fi connection upon a wired one, the chance for enabling proprietary performance boosting, and many other things. Now, how do you access these advanced settings? It’s easy: just click on “Network Connection Properties”, then open “Configure button”, and finally click on the Advanced Tab. Certainly, before changing anything, read enough about what you are modifying in order to avoid negative results you just don’t need.

2.  When you need a smoother IP transition

Try thinking beyond access, and focus on control, and you will see everything from a different perspective. IP network is more than just access. Control is the key word here. Put more logic on the network, and the natural consequence derived from it is the better control you will have, believe me. For instance, WheatNet-IP includes an integrated control layer. All the logic functions are carried by audio. It helps a lot when handling unexpected events or for repurposing new multiple productions sets. Control is produced in every WheatNet-IP shared connection point, linked to other IP connection points in the network. It offers access to the presets and any related logic, alongside with each feed. Thus, it helps to control microphones on and off, or to change remote microphone settings for IFB.

3. If available, use a 5 GHz wireless connection

If you want to manage or to connect to Wi-Fi networks, the average 2.4 GHz frequency band will be drawn in traffic and interference. Obviously, it’s a general rule; however, a 5 GHz frequency band is much better by far. For this reason, I recommend you to use a 5 GHz band if slow internet is driving you crazy. Now, if you want to connect your computer to Wi-Fi routers, or you are trying to reach dual-band capable access points, you might or might not see separate network names for every band.

4. For better IP summarization

One of the most obvious results of a network which has been well designed is that its IP address space has a wonderful summarization. Doing this is not easy, but it’s kind of simple. You need to plan it enough, to foresight it and a lot of determination for proceeding. On the contrary, an extremely disjointed, confused address space, always makes us believe that network managers spend a lot of time in wasting it. Summarizing your address has an important role that most part of the people don’t understand: your address space are instinctively evident to most network managers, and well documented for someone who does not know them. But although the good intentions of many managers, the plan goes twisted at some point. Keep this in mind.

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Image courtesy of El Taller del Bit at Flickr.com

5. Reveal saved Wifi passwords

Even though this tip is very easy to implement, it is overlooked most part of the time. You can usually find a Wi-Fi network’s PSK password by showing it in the network settings of a connected and running computer, in case you don’t know it; of course. Remember that I’m talking in terms of Windows Vista or later. Maybe you are assisting a client to connect to their wireless and they forgot the password. Bring up the list of available wireless networks if you are using Vista, Seven or Eight. It’s easy: right-click the network, open the properties. Click the Show characters’ checkbox on the security tab and voila.

6. Use the right routable tools

This tip is more than obvious, but it’s hard to find someone who actually implements it. This is the reason why audio tools at every single IP connection points are placed in the WheatNet-IP audio network. For not so long, an audio processing has been added to the I/O BLADEs. It is perfectly possible to add new tools because all I/O BLADEs have operating system inside CPU’s. What does it mean? Well, that everyone, depending on what he’s looking for, can add to, delete or modify any scenario that’s needed.


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