How to build your own NAS box

While there’s a wide range of NAS products available to help you quickly and easily add a NAS to your network there is another way.

Build your own Apple Mac

It goes against the Apple licence agreement, but making your own Apple Mac computer has spawned a huge underground community. Darren Yates reveals the best hardware for the job.

7 ways to maximise your Wi-Fi speeds

  Wireless you see is a fickle beast. A million factors affect the performance of your wireless network and you can’t just plonk the router anywhere and expect it to work at optimum speeds and reliability. Here are seven ways you can ensure good performance.   01 Range is the most important factor in wireless…

Linksys WUMC710 802.11ac bridge review

Price: $200  |  Website: Linksys.com.au Releasing a simple bridge for 802.11ac was a very clever move by Linksys. The WUMC710 is a box approximately the size of a small router with four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the back. Its sole function is to take data from an 802.11ac router and put it on to the…

Protecting your online identity

A few months ago a small add-on for Firefox and Chrome was released. Called Privacyfix the add-on is designed to check and update your privacy settings for various online services including Facebook and Google. I had always been vaguely aware that Facebook is the internet’s Mac Daddy of privacy violation but even so the results…

How sites get hacked

What do the following companies have in common: Sony eHarmony LinkedIn and Formspring? They’ve all had their password databases hacked and released in the past year either publicly or to the hacker underground. A common factor among hacked sites is exposure of a database directly to the internet. While this is never a good idea…

Build a mini media centre

One of the obvious applications for a tiny or mini PC is to turn it into a compact quiet video player. The fact that most also include at least 802.11g Wi-Fi networking means you can have it work almost anywhere in your home without having to worry about wired connections. But if your mini PC…

Must-have mini pc apps

Most mini PCs come with Android 4.0 for the OS but the quality of the bundled apps can be a bit mixed. You’ll also likely find a number of Chinese-focused apps that may be irrelevant to you. While they’re easy to remove (head to ‘Settings > Apps’) you’ll likely need some replacements to get you…