PCs, printers, smartphones, cameras, networks - your stuff will inevitably stop working. Here's how to troubleshoot and fix your most common tech issues.
How to fix your network
Troubleshooting networking and internet-related problems can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if your ISP is prone to network outages.
Read on for some quick networking fixes.
If you can't find your shared PCs or devices on your local network
There are several reasons why you might not be able to see a certain PC on your network, but checking your firewall, your sharing, and your workgroup settings should be a good place to start.
For more details, check out 'How to Troubleshoot Your Home Network'.
Networks with Macs and PCs, or PCs running different versions of Windows (or Linux builds), have their own difficulties - features such as Windows 7's HomeGroups, for example, make networking much easier among Windows 7 PCs but are not quite as easy for other OS' to play along with.
If you can't update all your PCs to run the same version of Windows, read 'Set Up Your Home Network: Windows 7 Edition' to see how you can get Windows 7 to play nicely with your network.
If none of your PCs can access the internet
Turn off your modem and router, and then turn them back on. If that doesn't work, try plugging your PC directly into the modem via ethernet.
If it doesn't work, either, you may have a router problem. If not, your connection is down, and you probably need to call your ISP's tech support line.
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