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    How to set a fixed IP on a Tenda F9 wifi router?

    Hi experts Anybody successfully get around the poor control panel on the Tenda F9 wifi router? From what I can tell, the F9 does not allow you to set the IP address of the router to a fixed IP when in "universal repeater" mode. The only option it has is DHCP which means the routers IP changes...
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    Crucial's Momentum Cache super fast but no secure?

    Hi experts I have just installed a Crucial P1 NVMe SSD and enabled Crucial's Momentum Cache software which increased the SSD speed from 785MB/s to 1900MB/s (clever use of memory)...but I had to disable the Secure Boot in the UEFI Bios settings. Without disabling Secure Boot, the drive wont boot...
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    7.1 Surround Sound headphones?

    Hi experts Any recommendations for a an inexpensive set of true 7.1 surround sound headphones. Unfortunately it turns out most advertisers don't know what their products are and advertise a lot of nonsense (e.g. 3.5mm jack-based headsets, 7.1 stereo, etc.). The official sets start at about...
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    Alternatives to Evetech

    Hi guys Looking to by a few gaming and entry laptops and while Evetech seem cheap, they have bad reviews on certain sites. Any alternative retailers that compete price wise? Current product in focus is a Dell Inspiron G3 (i7/1660ti/NVME). After sales service and warranty support is obviously...
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    VPN blocked on MTN?

    Hi networking experts. Hopefully somebody can tell me what is going on here! I cannot connect to a L2TP VPN (shared key) connection on a Windows 10 Pro laptop via an iPhone 11 hotspot on MTN. The error "Remote Access error 800 - The remote connection was not made because the attempted VPN...
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    Plug NVME into PCIE?

    Hi experts Do you benefit from using a NVME drive in a laptop with PCIE ports or is there a NVME-specific PCIe implementation in laptops? I ask because a number of laptop manufacturers quote "PCIe" under storage as an option, but it only seems to be the actual drives that are NVME? I have also...
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    Recommendation for gaming laptop retailers?

    Hi experts Any recommendations for local suppliers for gaming laptops? Evetech seem to have the greatest range and prices. Incredible is limited in technically capable machines. Bidorbuy have a few suppliers. Min specs: Intel i7 Core CPU 8GB DDR4 RAM Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU (4GB GDDR) 1x...
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    Laptop GPUs for gaming

    Hi experts Any recommendations around good value GPU's to look out for when looking for a gaming laptop? So many models and variants. One sort criteria I am starting to use is onboard RAM. Many older GPUs have 2GB, newer have anywhere from 4GB up to 8GB. Recommendations?
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    Prioritise Ethernet over LTE on Huawei B315 router?

    Hi there Is there a way to prioritise the use of Ethernet/WAN instead of LTE on a Huawei B315 router? I have an Huawei B315 Wi-Fi router which works with both my fibre connection (Ethernet) and LTE, but it uses the LTE connection instead of the Ethernet. I would like to use the Ethernet...
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    Which fibre provider to choose?

    Hi experts Are there any recommendations in choosing a fibre ISP? My area is about to come online with fibre via Vumatel and I see they have HUNDREDS of packages through various ISPs: https://shop.vumatel.co.za/ Most of them are very impressive and fairly easy to navigate to your...
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    Best DVD backup/ripping software?

    Hi there I am looking for some software (paid or free) that will allow me to rip my DVDs? These are legally purchased (encrypted) DVDs and I would like to access them electronically at home (obviously not for distribution). While there are a number of sites who review this category of...
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    XBox Live Gold Account

    Hi there My son wants to buy the game Elder Scrolls Online for Xbox one, but apparently it requires a monthly subscription to Microsoft Live Gold at R150. Can anybody tell me why such a subscription exists? I bought the console from Microsoft...I buy the game from Bethesda...why a...
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    How to track internet usage?

    Hi there Does anybody know how I can track my home's internet usage? I have subscribed to Telkom's 50GB LTE home package and it works great, but its finished. 50Gb in 27 days!!! There are a 5 people and multiple services that use it on a daily basis but even 50Gb sounds like a lot. Is...
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    Recommended cross-platform MMORPG's?

    Hi there Can anybody recommend a decent cross-platform shared-environment multiplayer RPG or massive multiplayer online RPG for PC/PS3/PS4/XBOX? My son and I are fans of the Elder Scrolls series and I understand the current Elder Scrolls online do offer PC & PS4 MMORPG but not a shared...
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    DSTV Explora and Xtraview installation with one cable?

    Hi there Does anybody know if its possible to buy a multi-core coaxial (RG6) cable? The reason I ask is that to install DSTV Explora with Xtraview will require up to 7 coaxial cables: (7 coaxial cables make your home look like you are running a Google server!) 2x from LNB to DSTV Explora...
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    Can you achieve analog telephone comms over powerline?

    Hi there Does anybody know of a powerline-type device that would allow analog telephone communication? I have purchased a house and it has the incoming Telkom line into one of the rooms, but we need to extend the line to the rest of the house. Normally, you run extra cabling throughout the...
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    A wireless ADSL/3G printer/file/webcam/VPN server router?

    I have been looking for a router that has almost all of the features possibly available on a single device. Many devices come close but miss one or two vital or interesting options. In other words, is there a router with the following features - ADSL/2+ - 3G Fail/Fall over (SIM card based like...
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