Network

What does ‘502 bad gateway’ mean?: Explanation and solution

HTTP status codes emerge when something isn’t running properly on the internet. In this respect, the 502 Bad Gateway error is no exception. But this familiar error message can be particularly tricky: It’s not actually clear where the source of the problem lies. In the chain of gateways along which internet requests run, the error could occur at a number of different points. This article explains where internet users and webmasters can start their search for the source of the error. [...]  

What is a root server? Definition and background

When you call up a website, the entered domain first needs to be turned into an IP address and read out from the browser so that the page can finally appear in the browser. This process is known as name resolution. Here, the root name server or (DNS) root server in the domain name system plays a key role. But what is a root server? And what exactly goes on when they receive requests for translating a domain name into an IP address? [...]  

DHCP: An overview of the Client/Server protocol

If you’re connected to an internet router and power on your computer, it automatically obtains the necessary network parameters, such as the IP address, subnet mask, or DNS server. This is made possible by the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), which simplifies address assignment when connecting to the internet and makes setting up local networks easy as pie. [...]  

Skype alternatives | 13 other video chat programs

For millions of people around the world, video chats and conferences are an essential part of daily life – for both work and leisure. When it comes to video telephony software and applications, Skype is by far the leader of the pack. In fact, many people are unaware that there’s a considerable number of good alternatives to Skype on the market, which are also available free of charge. Some of these programs even boast extra features that can’t be found with the market leader. But which of them are really the best Skype alternatives? [...]  

The different network types

When several computers are connected to one another it is known as a network. Networks enable data exchange between different devices, making shared resources available. Different network types are implemented depending on which transmission techniques and standards are used. These differ in terms of the number of connected systems and potential reach. [...]  

What is a DDNS (dynamic DNS)?

Being able to access your home computer from another location is no longer a complicated matter thanks to remote connection. It is handy to be able to use your computer from the office and swap files. But IP addresses change often and this throws a spanner in the works. DynDNS (DDNS) services are the solution. In this article, we explain what these are and how you can access your computer via the internet. [...]  

The best WhatsApp alternatives

Invitations to dinner parties; updates about work; an away day with the college football team: if you’re not using WhatsApp, you run the risk of missing out on important information. With more than a billion worldwide users to date, the app is more popular than almost any other on the market. But this networking comes with its disadvantages too: the main one being that WhatsApp shares user data with its parent company Facebook, which is turning off its services. So what good WhatsApp alternatives are there to choose from? Here are our top 5. [...]  

Remote desktop: Success of the application

Remote desktop connections are indispensable for day-to-day business. More than anything, allowing remote control access from another computer saves time: Whether for support, online conferences, or home office — with remote desktop, you can easily and conveniently connect your computer to distant devices. Private users also benefit from remote use: By connecting with different operating systems, you can, for example, manage all of your apps from a single location. Read here with us about how it works and whether it’s right for you. [...]  

Subnetting: How do subnets work?

Dividing a corporate network into smaller subnets has some advantages in terms of speed, security, and logical organization. However, many people find it difficult to set up. Binary computational operations and long series of numbers are frightening, but the principle itself is not so complicated. We explain what subnetting is, how to calculate a subnetmask, and what you need subnets for, so that you can create them yourself. [...]  

Securing a server: correctly configuring Linux, etc.

If you operate or rent your own server, it is your responsibility to protect it against failures and external access. You can immediately begin to set the foundation for this when configuring the server, if you have the necessary administrative rights. The correct settings can work wonders, especially with encrypted remote connections via SSH protocol, and greatly increase security. [...]