Wireless networks for newcomers.
For many, the idea of creating an internet-connected network can be an intimidating task. Secured, unsecure G and b, a and a what is the meaning behind it all? What’s the distance? How fast? These are legitimate questions, and the solutions aren’t that difficult to grasp So, to begin with this article will be focusing on the basics of wireless computing.
In terms of home computing was concerned, networking has been a costly alternative. The past ten years have been witness to the advancement of technology to connect computers at a reasonable price. Soon, everyone shared the printer in their home and was using multiple computers that was connected to their home internet connection Wi-Fi Site survey.
Wireless transmission of information over the air is not a new idea it has been a part of our lives watching television or listening to music for over 50 years. The medium transmits information using radio waves, and your TV or radio set converts the signal and converts it to something we recognize as pictures or sound.
Mobile phones were sending information via the radio packet service (GPRS) since long before we began to see wireless routers. Just like everything else, when there is a need, the technology is soon to follow in the event that it is feasible. The idea of connecting computers via cables is fine, however there are times where it is very expensive to connect cables. This is especially true when you have to connect two physical buildings.
The introduction in wireless computer equipment has solved many problems, such as offering access to internet for computers within an area that is listed. You cannot cut through walls to connect cables to the next room or between two buildings.
Wireless is relatively low when contrasted with cables, and definitely simpler to setup. Today, we can transfer information throughout our homes using wireless connectivity. You might have heard about the wireless network that your laptop or laptop and certain mobile phones use as WIFI also known as Wi-Fi 802.11. The 802.11 originates from the IEEE. The IEEE established standards for technological protocols that encompass more than IT.
So now that we are aware we know that 802.11 is the code used to identify wireless, what are the letters?
B -: The most slow connection. It transmits with 2.4 GHz and can handle 11 megabits.
g-: Transmits at exactly the same frequency but uses an entirely different method of encoding the signal. It can reach speeds of up to 54 Megabits but due to network congestion it only gets approximately 20-26 megabits in data throughput.
A -: It can transmit as much as 54 megabits of data and can transmit at 5GHz. A uses the same encryption as the g.
Other standards will be addressed in a subsequent article.
Connecting to wireless router.
Connecting your device or computer to an access point wireless and wireless router can be much easier than you imagine. It’s only a matter of only a couple of pieces of information and you’re good to go.
You will require the SSID.
Security Key (if it is set and you must create one)
Wireless-compatible network card or usb adaptor, if it’s not built within your device.
The Chanel Number
Around 10 mins.
Most wireless routers include software that can initiate a wizard that will aid you in connecting with your router wirelessly. **
Here is the fundamental procedure to follow. We are assuming that your PC has an installed wireless device and that you are running Windows XP service pack 2. The wireless router that you purchase it is normally connected to channel 6. it’s SSID (service identified by set) is typically the name of the router. It could be Netgear as well as Linksys. It’s recommended to change this. I wouldn’t suggest switching it to one that exposes your family’s name because anyone who is within the range of your wireless network will be aware that you have an internet connection. This will also help you identify your wireless connection from others.
When you use the Windows wireless connection method, it’s simple to connect. It is important to ensure that Windows is set as the default wireless connection. If you are using software for wireless connectivity that came with your computer or wireless card, or usb keys, make use of that.
For confirmation that windows is the default program: *(Only for use if do not use third-party software)
1.Click start, then left click on run. Type services.msc.
- In the Services window, scroll to Wireless Zero Configuration.
- Check that it has been running and set to auto.After that, you are able to close the window.
It’s time to connect.
- Log into the control panel, and then open the network connection.
- In the window for network connections you will find a list of the network devices.
- Right-click on the wireless connection you are using and then select View the available wireless networks.(It will also show the security type the network employs)
- You’ll see the list of wireless networks. You will be able to see your network.(This will be the SSID which means that if you change it, your SSID, it will reflect the one the change was to)
- Click left on the network, and then click”Connect.
- Now you will be asked to enter your network password.The security password for your network* Enter it here.
Your network will now appear connected.
There are many kinds in wireless security. This is a short description.
WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. It was the norm for wireless security, but it’s easy to find programs that could compromise WEP.
WPA is Wi-Fi protected access. This is safer than WEP and utilizes (TKIP) Temporal Key Interchange protocol to encode the passphrase will be used when connecting to the WiFi network. It is recommended to use this instead of WEP.
MAC = Media Access Code. Every device on the network has an unique physical address, known as”the MAC address. You can set your wireless router to allow or block specific mac addresses. A mac address can be copied by hackers who is aware of what they’re doing.
This concludes the wireless guide to wireless. To read more, refer to the article on intermediate wireless.