Wireless Tips

Benefits to a Wireless Network
There are several benefits to a wireless network, the main focus being portability. It is common for notebook computer users to use a wireless network card, which will allow them to access the internet, other computers on the network, devices, etc from anywhere within the range of the wireless network. Wireless network management can be simpler then a wired network, because adding new systems does not require wiring of an office or home, plus there are no unsightly cables to troubleshoot.

Basic Wireless Network Security
There are several basic steps that everyone should do to help ensure wireless network security. When configuring your network, change the default names on the computers and set the SSID not to broadcast. Use wired equivalent privacy (WEP) encryption at a minimum. Change all default passwords for software and hardware. Finally, make sure to run antivirus software and antispyware software on all your computers.

Peer to Peer Wireless Network
A peer to peer network is a network where computers talk directly to one another for the purpose of sharing files and resources. This form of network is also known as an ad hoc network. This can be set up on a wireless network without the use of an access point or router. All the computers and devices will need to have a wireless internet card and be configured to run on an ad hoc basis. You will not be able to share an internet connection on a peer to peer network.

Wireless Network Interference
Wireless networks use radio waves to transmit signals. It is possible for your cordless phone, microwave, baby monitor etc to interfere with this signal. Make sure you're wireless network is running on a different frequency and your access point isn't directly near another wireless device which may cause interference.

Wireless Printer Adapter
A wireless printer adapter is a device which allows your printer to be linked on a wireless network. The printer involved will need to be a USB printer. The most common technology used with wireless printer adapters is Bluetooth. There are a variety of adapters available, depending on the needed range and number of computers needed to network with the printer.

Configuring Wireless Internet Card
You will need to use the configuration software that comes with your network card to configure your computer to work at various hot spots. Simply type in the hotspot network name (various depending on the service you are using) and state the type of network, such as access point. You can also scan available wireless broadband internet access in the area and choose which network you wish to connect with.

Benefits to a Wireless Keyboard
As with any wireless technology, a wireless keyboard will help reduce clutter and improve mobility. By using a wireless computer keyboard, you will not be bound to your desk at all times during use. You can simply place the keyboard on your lap and answer phones, move around, etc while you are working. Wireless computer keyboards also reduce unsightly wires and clutter in both an office and home setting.

Choosing a Wireless Mouse: Logitech

If you are right handed, the Logitech cordless mouse may be the right choice for you. While the Belkin is designed to be versatile, the Logitech is ergonomically designed for your right hand. The Logitech also brings these features to the table:

* 4 button and tilt wheel built in to the ergonomically designed unit
* Functions on 2 AA batteries or use of the desktop charger
* Cordless USB mini receiver included (and USB to PS/2 adapter)

Wireless internet - WiFi Standards

802.11 is the Wi-Fi standard, however there are other standards which are variations of the 802.11. These include:

* 802.11a
* 802.11b
* 802.11g
* 802.11i.

The differences among these standards includes speed, transmission frequency, and price. 802.11g is backwards compatible with previous products, but that is not the case with 802.11a. Make sure you check on compatibility issues prior to purchasing products.


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