This week Matt reviews an open source WiFi network scanner for Windows while Darren convinces a Windows server into treating a VPN connection as a service.
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So in my never ending search for better and better utilities to make my life easier, I came across inSSIDer by metageek.Which is basically a stripped down version of their Chanalyzer software.
Stripped down maybe, but extremely useful none the less? YES!
After performing a scan of my bossís house who was plagued with signal drops and slow speeds, I came across the reason.
Interfering access points. His router was on channel 6, surrounded by half a dozen other access points.
So using the easy to read inSSIDer software I decided to put him on channel 11, where there were no other APís in range.
As soon as I made the switch, I had vastly improved signal strength, and no longer had drops walking through the house.
Weíll be running a review of the Wi-Spy products and metageekís Chanalyzer in an upcoming episode.
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One of the nice things about Windows Server is the built in VPN service -- RRAS or Routing and Remote Access. In this segment I demonstrate a way to connect one Windows Server to another utilizing a PPTP VPN connection as a service. The built in VPN connection manager isn't half bad.
A nifty feature is the target="_blank">rasdial.exe program which allows you to connect/disconnect a VPN profile from the command line. Pairing that with the AutoExNT service from the Windows Server Resource Kit and you've got a VPN connection on boot, even before login.