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It's not quite "wireless networking for dummies" but here you'll find a wide range of questions and answers covering things from setting up a home wireless network to wireless routers, what to do at free wifi locations and everything in between.
To broadcast your DSL wirelessly, you will need to add the right equipment to your network.
Depending on what you're planning, you can use a second wireless point to extend your wireless network.
Using your cell phone as a mobile hotspot is convenient and powerful - and easy to be unsecured. I'll look at what it means to set that up securely.
Wireless routers have an effective range of around 100 meters. Beyond that, nobody is going to be able to access your connection.
A landlord could conceivably see the websites you go to if you use a shared internet connection. But there are ways to stay safe.
Using any shared internet by definition "shares" it: other users on the service will be able to see what you are doing on the connection. Extra security steps may be necessary.
If you're close enough to see someone else's wireless network chances are they can see yours. There's one step you must take to stay secure.
DSL routers and modems can fail, or drop connections, for many reasons. The best solution is to talk to your ISP.
Do you have to have wires to get the internet? Or more commonly: can you just get the internet from the air? With new services, it may be possible.
The SSID identifies your wireless access point to any computers in range. Having a unique one is helpful, but hiding it is only marginally more secure.
Using a password protected WPA2 is a minor inconvenience for a very significant level of additional security. I'll explain...
Accidentally connecting to someone's nearby wireless network can be a serious security risk. We'll look at some steps to prevent it.
Hooking into a wireless from a basement apartment can be tricky, depending on construction of the house and distance from the router. You also need the right equipment.
It's easy to tell what kind of encryption is being used on available networks. Changing it, however, requires access to the wireless router.
It can be difficult to get wireless network coverage throughout your home. I'll look at a couple of ways to extend your wireless network.
Wireless internet in WiFi hotspots makes for a convenient connection. To connect to the wireless internet you need proximity and a little hardware.
Figuring out the speed capability of your wireless network card may not be obvious. Using Windows you can examine the wireless card's properties.
Extending your network using wireless technology holds both promise and complexity. Here are some ideas to extend a network using wireless networking.
A wireless connection should be capable of the same speeds as a wired connection. I look at both distance and hardware as possible culprits in slowing down a system.
You hear a lot about the wireless internet, but it's not something you can just connect to anywhere. It's more often something you set up.
Wireless encryption hardware support is actually only half the battle. Knowing whether or not it will be used is the other. And it likely will not.
Picking a wireless USB adapter is fortunately not a huge problem. It is often good to go with a recommended solution, so you know you'll be able to get support.
Mobile security is important. There are several things you'll want to do to secure your hotspot.
Setting up a Wi-Fi connection while traveling requires some equipment. I walk through a few options for staying connected in a remote area.
Open WiFi hotspots at coffee shops, airports and other public places are opportunities for hackers to steal information. I'll review how to stay safe.
It's possible to accidentally connect to wireless networks you didn't expect. We'll look at how to make sure you get the connection you expect.
Fortunately for the wired traveler, mobile connectivity options have improved dramatically. We'll look at some of the many ways to stay connected while travelling.
It's probably a legal terms of service statement. It's important to realize that it has nothing to do with your security.
MAC address filtering is a technique that in theory prevents unauthorized computers from accessing your network. I'll explain why the theory fails.
Cellular is a popular internet connection alternative. As with any connection it's important to understand the security ramifications and tradeoffs.
Connecting to Wi-Fi is easier the closer you are to the access point. That's another reason to not use someone else's connection in the neighborhood.
When scanning for wireless connections you may find several that are unknown yet and appear open and available. Using them is risky. Very risky.
Connectivity is becoming an added "perk" in some housing situations. Make sure you know the risks when someone else provides your internet connection.
We often hear that we need to protect ourselves from data sniffing, particularly at open WiFi hotspots. I'll look at what and how easy sniffing is.
Selecting WPA or WPA2 encryption is important, but not all hardware supports it. We'll look at what to do if your computer doesn't support WPA2.
A good internet connection is often difficult to find in a remote area. Your cell phone company might have a solution for you.
Don't let your computer randomly make the choice of which connection to use. I'll show you how to manually determine which connection is active on your laptop.
A router is a router is ... actually, there are several different kinds of routers that are used in different situations. I'll review the most common.
Unfortunately, terminology has become quite confused around routers and access points, I'll describe each, how they relate, and why differences matter.
4G internet connection speeds could suffer from signal strength issues or interference. Windows settings won't be an issue.
Adding a second access point to your network is a great way to extend your range. But you'll need to take care to avoid configuration conflicts.
Occasionally, answering or using a cordless phone can cause computer wireless or WiFi connections to drop. We'll look at why, and what to do.
Dropped WiFi connections are a pain, and hard to diagnose. I look at a few steps to take to solve the problem.
Two factors affecting Wi-Fi strength could be the amount of metal construction or the number of electronic devices between the antenna and the computer.
Wireless equipment is advertised as carrying data at a particular speed, but the part that's not highlighted is that the conditions must be right.
Wireless Encryption is somewhat mysterious. Wireless encryption is something you likely need to keep your network, and your data, secure.