Configuring your router and setting up a network can be a bit of a pain sometimes- particularly if you’re planning on running applications which require specific ports to be opened. Thankfully, there exists a plethora of online tools to make your life easier. Let’s get started, shall we?
Port Forward: We’ve covered Port Forward before, but it’s still worth mentioning again. If you need to forward ports on your router for any reason, this is the site to use. It features comprehensive guides for pretty much every router on the market, includes several well-written guides on general networking and software, and even features a selection of useful downloadable tools, to boot. Basically, it’s probably one of the most useful sites on this list – the forwarding guides only play a small part in that.
Router Passwords: If you’ve managed to forget the default password for your router (hey, it happens) and you’d rather not play a guessing game, swing by and check to see if your router appears on the list. There’s a fairly comprehensive database, and chances are good that you’ll be able to find the default username and password for your device and get back to configuring it in no time at all.
Speedtest and Pingtest: These two tools are something else we’ve covered before – but again, it’s worth reiterating how useful they are. Basically, they can be used to get a good idea of how well your computer is able to connect to the Internet, and how fast your connection actually is. If you appear to be having network trouble, these two sites are a good place to start troubleshooting.
You Get Signal: The You Get Signal website includes a fairly extensive list of tools, including a port forwarding checker, network tracers, performance monitors, and domain name look-ups. You can also check your computer’s global IP address, and determine whether or not you’re connecting from behind a proxy.
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