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A network (either wired or wireless) increases the usefulness of your home computers. Wireless home networks offer even more benefits than wired ones. What Hardware is Required to Build a Wireless Network? Strictly speaking, no hardware other than wireless adapters is required to build a small wireless LAN (WLAN). How Many Computers Can Share a WiFi Network? The exact number of devices that can connect and effectively share a WiFi varies but is probably larger than you think. Can a Wireless LAN Share Dial-up Internet Service? Try either of these two approaches for setting up shared dial-up Internet access on a home WLAN. Can Two Routers Be Used on the Same Home Network? Installing two routers on the same home network can be useful when building a hybrid wired and wireless network or generally expanding the existing capability. Is 5 GHz Wi-Fi Computer Hardware Better than 2.4 GHz? Mainstream wireless network equipment used in routers and computers generally signals in either a 2.4 GHz range or a 5 GHz range. However, just because it carries a bigger number, 5 GHz hardware is not necessarily better than 2.4 GHz hardware. Is It Legal to Use Open Access Wi-Fi Internet Connections? Wi-Fi technology simplifies the sharing of network connections between multiple computers and people. However, using someone else's Internet service may not be legal even if it is open access. What is WiFi Ad-Hoc Mode? On wireless computer networks, ad-hoc mode is a method for wireless devices to communicate with each other peer-to-peer. What is WiFi Infrastructure Mode? In wireless networking, infrastructure mode bridges a WLAN with a wired Ethernet LAN and allows Wi-Fi networks to support more clients with greater reach. Are 802.11b and 802.11g Compatible? 802.11b and 802.11g are both popular standards for Wi-Fi home networking. Can 802.11b and 802.11g gear be mixed on a wireless network, or are they incompatible? How Can I Get 300 Mbps Speed on My 802.11n Network? 802.11n network equipment supports up to 300 Mbps of rated bandwidth under certain conditions as described here. Unfortunately, sometimes an 802.11n network will operate at much lower speeds. What Are the Limitations of WiFi Ad-Hoc Mode Networking? WiFi ad-hoc mode networking allows devices to connect wirelessly without the need for a central access point or router. However, ad-hoc WiFi also suffers from some key limitations as described here. Do Wireless Routers Support Hybrid Networks? Many (but not all) wireless routers support hybrid local area networks containing a mix of wired Ethernet and WiFi clients. What is Wi-Fi Bridging Mode? In Wi-Fi networking, bridging mode allows two or more wireless access points (APs) to communicate with each for the purpose of joining multiple LANs. Are Wireless Networks a Health Hazard? Can prolonged exposure to wireless network devices cause memory loss or other brain damage? How Does Wi-Fi Use Affect Computer Battery Life? The Wi-Fi network protocol requires electric power to operate the radios used to send and receive data. Using Wi-Fi on a computer or handheld device can significantly increase its power consumption (shortening battery life). Can Wi-Fi Be Turned Off for Computers and Routers? To save power and somewhat improve your network’s security, you should consider turning off the Wi-Fi radios on both the router and all computers when not using wireless connections. What Is Wireless Spread Spectrum Communication? A set of techniques that have been used in radio communications for decades, spread spectrum is also employed in modern Wi-Fi networking to enhance reliability, increase bandwidth and/or improve security of wireless computer connections. What Is Wibree? Wibree is not much related to Wi-Fi the name notwithstanding; instead, Wibree is a short-range wireless technology more comparable to Bluetooth.
Bluetooth technology is fairly slow and short range. How fast. Why Does My WiFi Data Rate Keep Changing? Wi-Fi network connections automatically adjust their data rate (connection speed) based on the quality .Speed and Range The speed of a wireless network depends on several factors particularly the protocols being used. The signal range a WiFi wireless network supports also affects its overall speed.11b Wi-Fi wireless connection is 11 Mbps. They maintain the Bluetooth technical specification. and computer peripherals.11g standard for wireless networking supports a maximum bandwidth of 54 Mbps.11g Wi-Fi networking? What is the Actual Speed of an 802. How Fast Is 802. Follow these instructions to connect the devices. Bluetooth Bluetooth is one way to make a cell phone or PDA communicate on wireless networks. Yet some 802. is 802. Learn about Bluetooth technology to network cell phones. Wireless Performance . These frequently asked questions cover the essential concepts in wireless network performance. this level of performance is never realized in practice due to network overhead and other factors.11g-compatible home networking products may advertise speeds of 108 Mbps or more. and certify Bluetooth devices. How Strong Is Your WiFi Wireless Signal? The performance of a WiFi wireless network connection depends in part on the strength of radio signals between the devices. However. Is the Bluetooth experience better on the Mac? PC World shows the results of their side-by-side comparison. How Fast is a Cell Phone Modem? Most cell phones can be used as a computer modem for portable Internet access. How Fast is Wireless Networking? The speed of a wireless network depends on several factors including the Wi-Fi technology standards it supports. Is Bluetooth Better on the Mac? Setting up and using Bluetooth wireless peripherals like keyboards and mice is different on Windows PCs compared to Macintosh computers. Connecting Mac OS X Devices Using Bluetooth Bluetooth for Mac OS X supports connection of wireless headsets and peripherals.11b Wi-Fi Network? The theoretical bandwidth of an 802. Several different methods are available for calculating wireless signal strength.Bluetooth Wireless Technology Bluetooth is a specification for using low-power radio technology to link phones and computers over short distances without wires. How Bluetooth Phones and Short Range Radio Systems Work This article explains in simple language how Bluetooth improves on infrared and cable synchronizing alternatives to short-range wireless networking. but you can do some very useful things with it. This article looks at four of the more creative gadgets. Cell phone modem speeds vary greatly but are generally much slower than residential Internet services. monitor Bluetooth product relesaes. then. Bluetooth in Action A wide variety of new and interesting Bluetooth equipment continues to appear on the market. PDAs.11g WiFi? The 802. Bluetooth Special Interest Group This industry consortium created Bluetooth.
Understanding these concepts and terms will help you build and use wireless networks safely. the passphrase represents a long password. What Is a Passphrase? A passphrase is one or a few small words chosen for use as a security setting. the passphrase may be used to generate static WEP keys. WPA .of the communication signal. if necessary. What Is Wardriving? Legal and ethical issues aside. a few simple tweaks to your router (access point) may also do the trick." this feature of Wi-Fi extends the range at which wireless devices can connect to each other. Can The Signal Range of a Wi-Fi Laptop be Increased? When using a laptop with public hotspots. What is the Signal Range of a Wi-Fi LAN? The range of a typical home Wi-Fi LAN varies substantially depending on a few key factors. Which Wireless Router Has the Best WiFi Signal? Consumer wireless routers vary in the WiFi range they support. In computer networking. consider WEP as an alternative.Wi-Fi Protected Access The WPA wireless security standard improves on the WEP standard by supporting authentication and stronger encryption. but how does wireless network security stack up to that of traditional wired networks? What Are WEP Keys? A WEP key is a security code used on some WiFi wireless networks.Wired Equivalent Privacy WEP is a helpful but controversial security feature for Wi-Fi home networks that scrambles wireless network traffic so it can not be easily interpreted by humans. a strong wireless signal is necessary. How Can the Range of a WiFi Network Be Extended? Boost the coverage of your wireless LAN by strategically adding more equipment. Routers with stronger WiFi signals allow devices to connect at higher speeds from a greater distance and stay connected more reliably. Enable WEP or WPA Use WPA encryption on your WiFi network as the preferred choice but. has the best WiFi range? Wireless Security FAQs Frequently asked questions in wireless networking include many specific to security. Laptops with limited range are likely to suffer from slow or dropped Internet connections. WEP . A WEP key is a sequence of digits and sometimes letters. WEP keys allow a group of devices on a local network to exchange encoded messages with each other. In Wi-Fi home networking. Here are some ideas for improving the signal strength and range of a laptop to ensure best possible connectivity. Alternatively. Are Wireless Networks Secure? No computer network is truly secure. the practice of wardriving has helped to raise awareness of the importance of WLAN security. Sometimes called "dynamic rate scaling. . Which wireless router then.
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