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Ask Lifehacker exists to answer your questions, and we're always seeking more. Ask us a question this week and not only will we help you out, you could also win a D-Link prize pack containing a dual-band wireless N750 gigabit ADSL2+ modem router and a wireless network camera with night vision.

The combination of the DSL-2870B router and DCS-942L gives you rock-solid network performance and the ability to remotely monitor your home or office with a dedicated smartphone app when you're not there.

Here's the deal: ask us a question suitable for Ask Lifehacker in the comments below. The question we judge the most interesting will win the D-Link prize bundle (valued at $349.90) and will be answered here on the site. We'll also try to answer as many of the others as possible.

Full terms and conditions here. Entries close on Friday 4 October at midday, so let's hear your questions!


    Currently I use 128 bit WEP to secure my WiFi router but how do I go about setting the WiFi password such that instead of the long string of random numbers and letters, I can change it to a simple and easily remembered and entered password so friends and family can easily connect?

    Dear Lifehacker,

    I used to be a big fan and user of the 28 Degrees Mastercard for overseas travel as you've previously written about on your site, but since the beginning of October they have introduced a 3% cash withdrawal fee. What are now some other options for getting the best deal on foreign currency withdrawals?

    My partner wants to start her own business making food using a number of recipes she has made herself. What are the guidelines to follow, what's the best ways to go about marketing? Can it be done from a domestic kitchen? Thanks

      Oh that's a good one! First suggestion go to your local Council and talk to the environmental planners (they should know all about the local and national food laws). There is a heap to know about labeling and the correct food preparation rules (basically if your selling it in any real volume - and by that I mean more than a charity cake stall - you will need commercial kitchen equipment). A good way to get around this initially is ask around at restaurants that are open at night and see if you can use them in the morning - rent the unused time to get you started BEFORE investing in huge amounts to upgrade your home kitchen (I would also suggest you look at renting a place with a commercial kitchen rather than converting a home kitchen)
      I am not a specialist in this area but have worked with people in similar positions...
      As for marketing - I would start at Markets (go for a produce or food themed one if you can- and also one that does not have a similar product to yours), have samples and get the word out - markets are great to sell at, you can do one or do many - gather a following, use social media to promote to them and build up from there...
      Hope that helps!

    I've been collecting D&D, Reaper, and Pathfinder miniatures for a few years now and have a sizeable collection. But I don't have a good system for storing and/or displaying these miniatures and keeping them dust free.

    Got any ideas?

    Mint is a fantastic app that tracks spending and personal finance in the US. Is there and will there ever be an Australian equivalent? Or when is Mint coming to Australia?

      Try 'You Need a Budget' (YNAB). the guy in our office swears by it.

    Dear Lifehacker,

    I have a Nexus 10 Tablet. When I am out of the office I use it constantly, but when I am sitting at my desk, it just sits there. I would like an app that constantly updates with new information. I have desk clock Plus, but that just gives Time, Date & Weather, all good, but I want more, what about news headlines, and constantly updating twitter feed. Is there such an app?

    Dear Lifehacker,

    as a self-confessed gadget nut, I'm in a pickle. My wife and I have recently welcomed a bundle of joy into our lives and I'd love to celebrate that with all appropriate gadgets, however baby gadgets (monitors, thermometers, etc.) are not made by brands I am used to and i'm wary of getting duped. What gadgets are the best and from which manufacturers.

    Regards Gadget-loving Dad

    Dear Lifehacker

    I'm going on an overseas holiday soon- what provisions should I put in place for access to my data in case something happens?

    Hi Lifehacker,

    I only own one laptop, and I'm interested in tips and techniques to separate my work and private life more effectively. I've toyed with the idea of having two user accounts on my computer, and using the selective sync feature of dropbox to only keep the files for each side of my life available in each account. Is it worth the trouble?
    Are there any good strategies for keeping work and and private life separate?


    Hey Lifehacker, my name's Axis and I have a problem: I suffer from chronic Procrastivity. I am ridiculously creative at coming up with ways of procrastinating, and even worse, internally justifying that procrastination as being genuinely productive. How do I break free from this disease and fool my devious subconscious into letting me add real value in my home and work environments?

    Last edited 02/10/13 4:26 pm

    Dear Lifehacker,
    I'm very keen on home automation and I have no idea where to start. I hear of products like WeMo, IFTTT and Raspberry Pi. Can you please help me make sense of it all with a 101 guide to home automation?

    Dear Lifehacker,

    I bought a MacBook Air with Mountain Lion installed. Do I now own Mountain Lion as if I had bought it from the App Store? If so, how do I extract it off my Air to retro install it on another mac I own?


    Don't want to pay twice !

    Hi Lifehacker!!

    I have a question about consumer rights and laws. Hopefully the answer can come in handy for future readers!! :)

    I was recently in a pickle where I was sold a service with a certain benefit, however when I tried to claim this benefit I was rejected. After a month of enquiries and explaining to multiple people that I sold the product with the benefit, I was lucky enough to claim it. But what got to me during the month long investigation was what the staff said "if we cant find the phone record, we cant do anything".

    I understand that it is illegal for any business to leave the consumer with false impression and misleading information like "no cancellation fee" offered by the sales staff but not company. Normally given this situation, the consumer have the right to ask for no cancellation fee. But where is the line drawn where there is no proof such as no record of the sales call or verbal offering by a sales person?

    In this case, should I be recording every sales call for future reference?


    I am currently using OpenDNS to prevent my children (17, 13 & 7 years) from accessing "unsuitable content" on our wifi. I have since discovered that apps on their phones & ipod touches are immune to OpenDNS restrictions. Is there any software or program available to install on my router that will allow me to block apps such as kik, snapchat, & facetime? My 13 year old daughter has had her ipod & smartphone confiscated after I discovered lewd messages from older boys, but she needs her phone to contact me on school days as she has bad asthma & a heart condition, but I'm horrified by what she can access when unsupervised!

    Does this router combo pack come with iOS or android app to to easily remotely monitor ur home? I was thinking of getting something like this but money is tight for me atm

      The DLINK 942L can be accessed via Web or Phone. You can even access it via VLC media player if you want and if you setup it up correctly.

    Hi Lifehacker,

    With the recent revelations around the NSA and other security agencies' collection of data I no longer trust my smartphone. I have nothing to hide, but I am sensitive about my privacy, and I don't like the idea of my details being shared without my knowledge for the purposes of advertising or surveillance, not to mention the possibility of these details falling into the hands of someone malicious. So, I want to either ditch my smartphone or make it difficult (preferably impossible) for entities to harvest data from my smartphone without my consent. Is there an app suitable for this purpose? Should I switch to a dumbphone if I am that concerned about my privacy? What are my options for safe, NSA-, advertising-, and hacker-proof communications solutions in this post-Snowden environment?

    Concerned, but not paranoid.

    Hi Lifehacker,

    We didn't join the bandwagon and get solar on our house when the government was being generous with rebates. We have started to look into it and had modern solar come out to our house. Well the hard sell was so bad that I started to really do some research. There are so many dogy companies out there and I am really wondering if we are not home during the day and use most of our power at night time is it worth getting? The other deterrent is we probably won't be in this house in the next two years so unless we get money back from the sale of the house again is it worth it??

    Feeling overwhelmed by information.

    How can I best enter online competitions without giving away too much of my personal information

    Good Evening Lifehacker,
    I have recently moved interstate and started a new job. What your best tip for getting myself known to the people that matter while still maintaining a good relationship with my peers and staff. i.e. I don't want to be a brown nose but I have come from a well respected position - I knew the movers and shakers both in my organisation and without (greater network of work related organisations) and I want to get back to that point as quick as possible.
    Thanks and I appreciate all the work you guys do to make this site the best it can me (again not brown nosing just the facts!)

    How can I use an old android smart phone set up as a security camera to send photos to a Network attached storage ftp folder or usb flash drive attached to my router.
    I have an IP camera that can do this but smart phones seem only to be able to stream or send to an email address.
    The important part is that I don't want to have a pc running (costing extra power) all the time.

    Dear Lifehacker,

    There's so much information out there on the internet. What's the best way to pick the right information and how do we convince others what is the right information?

    I don't have a question but i use one of these cameras to monitor mouse traps in my roof. because 1- i have mice
    2- i can not be stuffed climbing in the roof each day to check traps see if i need to replace bait
    3- can also check activity by having the camera record and log when movement is detected.

    What's the best way to get those little bits of egg shell out of a cracked egg? Sometimes I try and be cool by cracking eggs with one hand and if I drop my attention for a second a bit of egg shell can escape into the bowl of shelled eggs. When I try and retrieve the little thing it lets me get really close to grabbing it but at the last minute inevitably slips through my fingers, teasing me to the point of madness.

      Use the shell to pick it out, not your finger

    Whats the easiest way to share structured data with friends? If you live your life like an RPG and try to achieve goals collectively, whats the best way to manage the data around those goals?

    Dear Lifehacker,

    What it he best way to setup a Media NAS server?

    Which RAID option is the best?

    I found this new RAID software but not sure if I should use it?


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