Skype Not Working. Stuck “Connecting” and Blue Status Icon

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Skype stopped working. The classic app won’t connect to the network and sign in to the user account (February 2018)

Skype has been glitching for at least a week by now. When you launch the classic app (UWP) it shows you a blue icon and displays Connecting… in the status bar but won’t connect and shows your contacts as offline. Here is 4 solutions to fix Skype sign-in and connectivity issues that you can face in February 2018.

How the Skype Connectivity Issue Looks Like

I think that many of those who use the classic Skype application now are confronted with the fact that it stopped working and does not connect to the Internet. The program starts, but below it says “Connecting…” and instead of green icon a blue one with animated arrows is displayed. If you click Help > Check for updates, it offers to download a new version, even supposedly it downloads it, but after clicking “Install Now”, the installation does not start. And the problem is not solved accordingly. In this article, read how to get Skype to connect to the server and work so that you can call, exchange messages, send and receive files.   Continue reading

TP-Link Archer C7 v2 – Upgrade Firmware

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TP-Link released the new firmware for Archer C7 v2 router. New firmware contains new bug and vulnerability fixes as well as new features and enhancements. As the official TP-Link website goes they have fixed the WPA2 Security (KRACKs) Vulnerability and the bug in resolving some specific domains when the router works as DNS server. Besides that they added the following enhancements: SMBv2 support in the USB sharing and improved router’s performance on the 2.4G wireless network. Here we provide our step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your TP-Link Archer C7 to the latest firmware version. Continue reading

How To Change Remote Desktop Port On Windows 10

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Many of you use Remote Desktop feature to access your home or work computers running Windows 10. All you usually need to do to implement this is set up a port forwarding rule on your router. You can receive incoming connections on any port and direct them to RDP port of the Windows workstation on the LAN. But what to do if your PC is connected directly to the Internet without a router? How to configure the remote access and stay secured? The answer is – change remote desktop port in Windows settings. By default Remote Desktop uses port 3389 that is commonly known. Hackers can scan it and if they receive a login/password prompt they can start brute force attack and ultimately gain access to your PC. Here is how to change Remote Desktop Port on Windows 10 to some non-standard port to improve security and evade from brute force attacks aimed at default service port.  Continue reading

How To Hide SSID On Wireless Router Or Access Point

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Why disable SSID Broadcast?

There can be several reasons why you may want to hide SSID:

  1. you don’t want anybody to see and know your network’s name. For example, if the the name of your corporate Wi-Fi is your company’s name, your personal name or your apartment’s number, etc.
  2. you want to take an additional step to improving the security of your network. SSID serves as a login while the wireless security key works as a password when connecting to a wireless network. Usually a client should enter only the password to connect. But when the SSID is hidden someone who wants to join your hotspot needs first to correctly input the name and only then – a correct password. But note, that if a person is a skilled hacker, hiding your SSID won’t help at all.

Here is our step-by-step guide on how to disable SSID broadcast on your Wi-Fi router or access point.  Continue reading

How to view Wi-Fi password (network security key) in Windows 10

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What is a Network Security Key

Wi-Fi password (Network Security Key) serves to protect your wireless network and prevents from the unauthorized access to your PCs, laptops, tablets, phones, etc. In different operating systems it also can be called Wireless Security Key, Wireless Password and Network Security Key.

It is a typical situation when you forget the security key for your Wi-Fi because everything has been working well for a long time. And suddenly you need to enter your Wi-Fi password again. It may happen if you decided to reinstall Windows on your laptop, change the account or perhaps if you want to connect your new smartphone or tablet to your home wireless network. Today we will show you how to view Wireless Network Security Key saved in Windows 10. Guide updated to meet Fall Creators Update changes. Continue reading

TP-Link Archer C7 Hangs Every Day. How To Fix?

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TP-Link Archer C7 (hardware version v2) is the most unstable-working router I ever had. It randomly stopped working at least once in two days. Sometimes I had to restart it three times a day but Internet was constantly dropping (even when connected via Ethernet) and Wi-Fi kept disconnecting all the time. Now and then 5 GHz network dropped until I power cycled the device. In summer 2017 I tried to upgrade its firmware to the latest version but nothing helped and I continued to reset the router on freeze. But here is a solution that finally helped me stop all those hangings and unstable work of Archer C7. Besides, we’ve got a workaround to fix such unreliable work of your router if the solution doesn’t suit you for some reason. Continue reading