Coordinator ± Ganesh Dhar

‡ What is Wi-Fi ?
± Wi-Fi, which stands for wireless fidelity, in a play on the older term Hi-Fi , is a wireless networking technology used across the globe. Wi-Fi refers to any system that uses the 802.11 standard. ± Wi-Fi technology uses radio for communication, typically operating at a frequency of 2.4GHz.

‡ In a Wi-Fi network, computers with wi-fi network cards connect wirelessly to a wireless router. ‡ The router is connected to the Internet by means of a modem, typically a cable or DSL modem. ‡ Range :
± A user within 200 feet or so (about 61 meters). ± New wi-fi technologies will extend range from 300 feet (91.5 meters) to 600 feet (183 meters) and beyond

‡ History
± IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) established the 802.11 Group in1990. Specifications for standard ratified in1997. ± Initial speeds were 1 and 2 Mbps ± IEEE modified the standard in 1999 to include 802.11 a and b ± 802.11g was added in 2003

Usage & Applications
‡ Wi-Fi technology uses radio for communication. ‡ It is technology designed to cater to the lightweight computing systems of the future (i.e.; mobile) and designed to consume minimal power. ‡ Mobiles, laptops and various accessories are designed to be Wi-Fi compatible.

Steps for setting up Wi-Fi connection

Step 1
-Start up your laptop and once booted, look for the Wi-Fi network icon in the bottom right of the screen. -Click on the Wi-Fi Connection icon on bottom right of screen and you should see a window that indicates connection, strength and duration. -Click on the Properties tab.

Step 2
-This window shows the type of networking card installed. Click on the Wireless Networks tab.

Step 3
-Once the Wireless Network Connection Properties window is open you will have two options depending on how you set up your laptop. -If you do not see any networks listed in Preferred or Available networks, you will have to manually add the SSID(service set identifier). -Click on Add. You will have to enter the SSID and WEP key (if required). Click OK and you should then see the network you just added in the Available networks box.

Step 4
-If you see the correct SSID showing in the Available Networks, then you need to click on Configure in order to enter the WEP key if that is required.

Step 5
-In this window, enter the SSID for the Wi-Fi network you want to access. Make sure you do not have CAPS lock or NUM lock while entering the information. -If a Network key is required, click on "Data Encryption and then enter the Network key you have been provided with. Again make sure you do not have CAPS or NUM lock on. Click OK when entered. If you have entered the key incorrectly a message will pop up and you will need to re-enter the key.

Step 6
After setting up the connection, you can see the connection shortcut by clicking on START



‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Portability No physical media interference Easy installation Provides a multi-user environment

‡ Security ± Greater exposure to risks ‡ Speed ± Slower than cable ‡ Range ± Affected by various medium - Travels best through open space - Reduced by walls, glass, water, etc. ‡ Weak Connection


Security Tips
‡ Use a strong password. ‡ Shut down the network when it¶s not being used. ‡ Monitor your network for intruders. ‡ Don¶t waste your time on ineffective security measures.


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