A Few Basics about Wireless Networking

 

If you currently have an existing wireless network and are unhappy with the range that you are getting, or just want to go further then here are some tips of what you can do to boost the range of your own wireless network, andcreate a Wireless Bridge between two remote locations.

 

 

Before you proceed, remember that wireless is a two way system, both the Access Point and Client Device must  be communicating at a equal level before a wireless connection can occur. 

 

 

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What is WiFi?

WiFi stands for Wireless Fidelity, and is increasingly used in today's market place.

A Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) or WiFi, is a computer network that transmits and receives data with radio signals instead of wires. WLANs are used increasingly in both home and office environments, public areas such as airports, coffee shops, marinas and universities. Innovative ways to utilize WLAN technology are helping people to work and communicate more efficiently.  Increased flexibility and the absence of cabling and other fixed infrastructure have proven to be beneficial for many users. There is no more need to bury cable between buildings, and ruin walls in order to get computers connected.  Wireless networks have increased in speed, and have become more secure and reliable.

 

Why WiFi?

With lower prices and stable standards, homeowners are now installing wireless LANs at an extremely fast pace; in fact, the consumer market spends more money now on WLAN's than most large companies.  

 

It's much easier to install a wireless LAN at home than a wired network.  With most homeowners refusing to put holes in walls and ceilings, wireless networking is the obvious choice for home networks.  The installation of a typical wireless network requires the installation of a broadband modem, wireless router, and wireless LAN cards in laptops and desktops.  No holes to drills, no cables to run.

 

Wireless Hotspots can be installed practically anywhere that it would be convenient to have internet access.  Marinas and RV parks are the latest trend in getting wireless internet connectivity, but it doesn't have to stop there. 

 

People use WLAN technology for many different purposes:
 
Freedom - Productivity increases when people have access to data in any location within the operating range of the WLAN. Management decisions based on real-time information can significantly improve worker efficiency.
 
Ease of setup - WLANs are easy to set up, manage, change and relocate. Networks that frequently change can benefit from WLANs ease of implementation. WLANs can operate in locations where installation of wiring 
may be impossible.
 
Inexpensive - Wireless network devices are as competitively priced as conventional Ethernet network devices.  Prices for wireless network devices have come down drastically in recent years.
 
Scalability - WLANs can be configured in a variety of ways to meet the  needs of specific applications and installations. Configurations are easily changed and range from Peer-to-Peer networks suitable for a small number of users to larger Infrastructure networks to accommodate hundreds or thousands of users, depending on the number of wireless devices deployed.
 

How is it Flexible?

With a wireless laptop, you can always work from anywhere in the house.  There's nothing holding you down to a desk in a particular room where the cable modem is located. You're free to use the Internet, access files on other computers, or print documents while relaxing in a favorite chair in front of the TV.  You can be lounging on the patio breathing fresh air, or sitting by the pool, taking in some sun, just like you see in the commercials.

 

With a wireless laptop, you can work from home and still be in the presence of friends and family.  Not having to go back to the "computer room", makes working from home enjoyable.  Wireless LANS at home are also great for desktops as well.  As far as running annoying cat5 cable through walls and ceilings, it is non-existent.  Wireless Networks allow you to place the broadband modem where ever you want in a home, and place the PC's or laptops where ever you like as well.  Flexibility is unlimited and range is not an issue.  

 

Internet and File Sharing:

Since having only one computer in the home is a way of the past, wireless LANS can help organize your computers without the confusion that wired networking consists of.  With multiple computers in the home, it is extremely cost efficient and beneficial to have them connected to the same broadband modem.  You can even share internet access with neighbors that are hundreds, or thousands of ft away.  One thing to be sure of is to install a broadband router first, before you install any access points in your home.  This will assure you that 1) you will have a hardware firewall between your LAN and the internet and 2) your LAN will receive the proper DHCP services, and NAT for all your internal computers.  (For more info, contact our tech support department)

 

With everyone on the same LAN in the home, it is easy to check your children's homework, or proofread a document they are writing for school, all while you are sitting by the pool, surfing the net.  You can view what you child is writing without having to go onto his/her computer.  Simply share the file that is being worked on and proofread.

 

Sharing the same printer is also helpful.  With the addition of a wireless print server, you can place the printer anywhere within reach of the wireless access point or router.  No more having to place the printer within 4 or 5 of a computer.  Place it in a convenient location, and everyone will be able to use it, saving you time and money on multiple printers.  

 

 


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