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How to Access a Website Running on Localhost from a Mobile Phone

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August 9, 2023
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If you have a website running on your computer that you typically access by visiting http://localhost, you can also access this site from your mobile phone as long as both computers are connected to the same network.

1 – Connect both devices to the same network

You’ll need to connect both devices to the same network. So make sure your mobile phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your computer is using.

2 – Find the IP address of your computer

For Windows, you can find the IP address by visiting Control Panel. In the search box, search for “adapter”. Click on View Network Connections. Select the active network connection and click View status of this connection. Click Details and the IP address should be found next to IPv4 Address.

For Mac, open the Network Utility. You can find this quickly with Spotlight by typing cmd + space and then start typing “Network”. With Network Utility open, your IP address can be found next to the label IP Address.

3 – Find the host name of your computer

If you prefer, instead of using the IP address, you can use the hostname. This might be preferable so you don’t have to keep looking up the IP address every time you change networks.

On Windows, click Start. Then right-click on Computer and select Properties. Then click the Computer Name tab.

On Mac, open System Preferences and click Sharing. Look for the text that reads: Computers on your local network can access your computer at: computer-name.local.

4 – Open your mobile browser and visit the IP address or host name

Using your mobile browser, simply type the IP address or host name into the URL bar. Make sure to include any necessary ports or paths required to view your website.


Xfinity: How to Change Your WiFi Network Name

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September 29, 2023

Most Xfinity routers use a default WiFi network name (SSID) that is hard to identify and remember. Changing the WiFi name allows you to personalize your network and make it easier for friends and family to connect. This guide will show you three ways to change your WiFi network name on your Comcast Xfinity router. 1 –

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