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Home Wireless Networks Are More Popular Than Ever
By George Royal
It is now very simple to set up wireless networks. Wireless networks are very popular and are found in many places such as cafes and other public areas. There are no actual cables and the set up is very minimal. With the boom in this technology and an increase in the manufacture of this technology this has resulted in a decrease in the cost of setting up wireless networks and made them available to the typical user. This means the technology is no longer affordable by only educational institutions and businesses.
In order to set up wireless networks there are several pieces of equipment that will be required to get your network started. The use of a wireless router is normally recommended for the benefits it gives to the user such as the ability to provide internet sharing and the additional security. The use of access points is available but these are more expensive and more useful on a larger scale. The use of a wireless network adapter is also important and one is required for each computer that has to be connected to the router.
When purchasing the equipment for your wireless networks it is often advisable to look around for the best
price and warranty. There are many manufacturers and the equipment is available generally as a retail item and comes with some warranty. The larger outlets will carry these items but it is often good to check smaller independent stores as they may actually have lower prices for the same piece of equipment with the same warranty. It is also possible to get great deals online and have the equipment delivered directly to your home.
It is important to assess wireless networks properly when purchasing equipment. This is to avoid the wastage of funds on unnecessary items. The best wireless router to purchase is one that also has the ability to be connected by wired ports. This can cut down on costs if two computers are relatively close together as the purchase of wireless adapters is approximately 10 times more expensive than normal wired network adapters. Also these wired network adapters can come with your computers and are thus not actually costing anything extra. It is essential to know how you plan to move your computers and assess if it is necessary to have the wireless network on all the computers or to connect some via wired connections.
In configuring your wireless networks it is a possibility to completely leave out a wireless router and to communicate between computers with your wireless adapters. This technology uses a peer to peer mode and is not as easily explained as the network using a router. The use of the adapters in place of a router makes it more difficult to configure access to the rest of the network and its resources.
George Royal is the publisher of Wireless Networks Web with information about wireless networks and wireless broadband networks