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    A General Question About VPN Encryption

    Thanks for your help! Doesn't my traffic go to the VPN first, and then on to whatever web server I want to view? That's how my IP address gets replaced with the VPN's address.
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    A General Question About VPN Encryption

    I have a general question about encryption when using a VPN. There's no problem - this is just for my own understanding. If I understand correctly, a VPN's client encrypts my traffic as it leaves my computer. This encrypted traffic then goes to my ISP, who sends it on to the VPN. If I...
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    Wireless Printer vs. Wireless Print Server

    Thanks for everyone's replies, which I truly appreciate. Personally, I prefer Ethernet wherever possible, but I'm one of those strange people who thinks it's fun to install wiring. Is there any reason to think that the print server built in to my (ASUS RT-AC68) router is superior to the print...
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    Wireless Printer vs. Wireless Print Server

    Something I'm not clear on: I have a wireless printer that works just fine as a standalone wireless printer. I could also connect my printer to a USB port on my router, which would make it ... a wireless printer. I could also connect my printer to a LAN port on my router, which would also make...
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    Is H/W Version B2 of RT-AC68U Supported?

    Thank you. I wonder why you call yourself "Part of the Furniture." Is it because you've made so many posts that you're practically ...
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    Is H/W Version B2 of RT-AC68U Supported?

    Sorry to risk the wrath, however: On the Merlin website, support for RT-AC68U is described as follows: RT-AC68U (including revisions C1 and E1) ---> italics are mine which makes me wonder if I need to ask about B2 specifically. Apologies in advance and many thanks.
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    How Many Types of QOS Are There?

    After doing a lot more reading, I think I finally have this figured out: Smart QOS is a generic term which simply means that the router is capable of allocating bandwidth on its own, using algorithms, with or without involvement from the user. Adaptive QOS is also a generic term which means...
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    How Many Types of QOS Are There?

    My download speed is 200 Mbps. Nobody at Comcast knows my upload speed (lol) but it's usually a fraction of my download speed - say 20 Mbps.
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    How Many Types of QOS Are There?

    Between marketing jargon and technical descriptions, every time I turn around there's some new type of QOS. Please help my confused brain! Regardless of what it's called, I (think I) understand that there are basically three kinds of QOS: priority based = high/medium/low; bandwidth based =...
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    My PC Has an IP Address from 169.254 ...

    Afraid not. It's a Dell OEM motherboard with a BIOS from AMI (American Megatrends) and an Ethernet chip from Broadcom (57780.)
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    My PC Has an IP Address from 169.254 ...

    After further testing, I have to agree with Kal-El and degrub: It's time for a new Ethernet NIC. Again, assigning a static IP address doesn't help because the NIC can't contact the router. Here's how I arrived at my conclusion: I booted my PC from a live Linux distro (my Kaspersky 'Rescue...
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    My PC Has an IP Address from 169.254 ...

    Thanks for everyone's ideas. Neither power cycling, nor rebooting, nor ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew, nor a network reset have any effect, which is not a surprise, because my Ethernet NIC and my router are on different networks. I also thought about the Ethernet cable, but the same...
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    My PC Has an IP Address from 169.254 ...

    As with many home LANs, my router assigns IP addresses (via DHCP) from the range 192.168 ... Just yesterday, my PC lost its connection the internet. When the standard troubleshooting didn't help, I took a closer look and discovered that my PC (actually, the Ethernet NIC in my PC) had obtained...
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    VPN vs. Browser SSL/TLS

    Thank you! I 'get it' now.
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    Unable to Visit Websites Using HSTS

    I was able to solve my problem with some refined Google-ing. In my case, I was a victim of my own doing! :( I'll explain: I use a third-party DNS - OpenDNS - that allows me to filter objectionable domains. One category of domains I was filtering was 'Proxies and Anonymizers.' That was the...
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