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How to take precautions in wireless networks

Many companies are going for wireless networks to not only save costs by avoiding wired equipment, but also to provide more convenience to their employees. These days the employees are also being given wireless mobile PCs which are portable enough to be carried wherever they go, making them productive anytime and anywhere.

About WiFi

To start working wirelessly, there are certain things you need to know that would also be very helpful to you. First of all, you need to understand the basics of a wireless connection. WiFi or a wireless technology is a way to connect your computer to the network without the need of network cables, but by using radio frequency. This Technology requires you to be within the wireless network range for being able to connect your computer. Going further, you should be able to distinguish between the three types of wireless networks.

WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network: These are wireless networks the range of which can be anywhere from one single room to an entire campus, and use radio waves.

WPAN or Wireless Personal Area Network: Having a range of not more than 40 feet, these are short range networks that use Bluetooth technology, and are usually used for interconnecting compatible devices near a central location like a desk.

WWAN or Wireless Wide Area Networks: With the help of WWANS that are created through mobile phone signals, you can stay connected even when you are away from other forms of network access.

Getting started

In order to go wireless, the most basic thing you need to have is a wireless PC card, which either needs to be inserted in the PC card slot and requires an antenna, or is usually built-in. Apart from this, a wireless mouse and keyboard is also essential, in case you are not working in office, which provide more freedom and flexibility.

Also, whenever you are travelling, it is always good to research the available hotspots in the particular area.

For connecting to a wireless network, you can right click on the network link on the bottom right corner of the screen on the taskbar, which resembles a server. From the list of options, click on the one that says ‘Connect to a network’, that will show you a list of available networks in the vicinity. An alternative procedure could be by clicking on the ‘start’ button and clicking on ‘Connect to’.

A wireless network is flexible, saves a lot of your time and also enables collaboration through file sharing among your peers. However, despite the many advantages that it offers, a wireless network is often prone to hackers and forgers who can steal important stuff from your computer. It is especially true in cases of public hotspots which leave their network security turned off for making them easily accessible to users.

It is your responsibility to keep it safe by password protecting it at every level. Create passwords for not only the network but also for your PC, so that only you can access the home screen.

How Home Networking Works

A computer has many features, which are very useful and have become very important for us. Of these features, internet and networking are indeed of great importance to us. Networking is very useful as it allows us to connect several computers with each other in a loop. A network can be used for various purposes like playing multiplayer games, sharing internet connection, transferring data from one computer to another and using a single printer for more than one computer.

In the past, a network was only used in workplaces where there were a number of people working together on a common project. But these days, networking is also being used for gaming and sharing an internet connection or a printer in homes. It is very useful because you do not have to subscribe to a new internet connection if you buy a new computer. All you have to buy is a router and network interface cards (NIC) and connect them to computers through either a cable or wirelessly.

A router is only necessary if you want to connect more than two computers, but if you are going to make a network of only two computers then network interface cards and networking cable would be enough.

Home networking

Setting up a network of computers at home is called home networking. It could be either wired or wireless and you can connect as many computers you want.

How Home Networking Works

Home networking is very simple as compared to an office network where a large number of computers are connected. At homes, there are usually two or three computers. Some of the necessary things required for setting up home networking (wired), are cable, network interface cards and a router. NIC is installed on each computer, you have to connect all NICs to the router via a cable and all the computers will be connected just after installing the networking software (if not already installed). If you don’t want to share data, transfer files or printer, you can create a home networking to just share internet.  All you have to do is connect the main internet cable to the router and the router connects all the computers in the loop.

For setting up a wireless network, you would need to install a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) card to be installed in the computer. In case you have a  laptop or desktop which has WLAN installed, then all you would require is a wireless router. You need to only connect the internet cable to the wireless router and install necessary software. After this, computers are connected to the internet wirelessly and internet could be used anywhere in the range.

Future of networking

The speed and range of wireless networking devices is improving day by day. In future, wireless networks are expected to be stronger and more reliable. We would be able to connect our homes and offices in a better and simpler way.

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