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How To Connect To A Wireless Network

Many computer users no longer use a desktop computer. Instead they have a laptop computer, because they have come down a great deal in price and, being portable, they may be used anywhere in the house or garden. Children also take their computers to school and bring them home again as do many office workers and sales reps.

The drop in cost of laptop computers means that it is occasionally scarcely worth purchasing a desktop computer. Other households have both laptop and desktop computers in them. In the past, these all had to be linked by co-axial cable and Ethernet cards. 

This was the cheapest and fastest manner of connecting computers to a network yet it produced the fastest connection - a standard that is still used 100 megabits per second (mbps).

Wireless transmission units known as residential gateways or routers worked at 54 mbps or half speed but at a much higher price. Now we have the third generation of wireless router. The first was 802.11b technology, the second 802.11g and the latest is 802.11n. B and G worked at 54 mbps, but N transmits at 300 mbps, so it is comparable in speed to Ethernet yet there are no wires to set up.

Therefore, wireless routers or Wi-Fi technology has become a popular way of connecting SOHO networks, although there are still individuals who do not realize how much the apparatus has come down in cost. Connecting computers in a house with a Wi-Fi router is fairly straight forward.

The first thing that you will require in order to connect your apparatus without wires is at least one Internet enabled computer that also has wireless capability. All laptops are enabled, but most desktops are not. This can easily be remedied by inserting a wireless card or wireless unit.

Let’s say that you would like to connect your laptop to the Net using wireless (WI-FI) technology. You will need a connection from an Internet Service Provider (an ISP) and a router or residential gateway. Usually, you would plug the line from the ISP directly into your computer, but in this instance, you plug it into the wireless router.

Then you turn your laptop on and wait for it to find the Wi-Fi links accessible by it. Yours will be on that list as will the Wi-Fi connections of all your neighbours. Pick your Wi-Fi network and that is all you have to do 

You can plug desktop computers directly into the router or you can plug a wireless card into the desktop and hey presto! Both your computers are networked and on line. Want to add a third or fourth? No problem! Either plug them in or enable them to transmit wirelessly.

Contemporary 802.11g routers will transmit and receive for 400 metres (1,400 feet) at up to 300 mpbs, so if you leave it like this, all the kids on the block will be able to use your connection. To avoid that, read your router’s handbook and define a password, so that your neighbours can not log in and steal your bandwidth.

Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on several subjects, but is now involved with the wireless N router. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at Best Router For Gaming Online

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