A Guide to Wireless Home Networking

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ConnectMyHighSpeed.com offers Tips to Build a Wireless Network

As more and more homes enter the Internet age, the next logical step is making a home wireless. ConnectMyHighSpeed.com, a free online tool where customers can shop for high-speed Internet and set up their service in minutes, imparts tips for installing a wireless network in the home.

Once a consumer's home is connected for high-speed Internet access, it is easy to see the benefits of going wireless. It eliminates the need for dozens of feet of blue Ethernet cable to line the carpet of a family's home, and allows PCs to connect to the internet from any room in the house. Laptop users especially are rewarded, able to take their work or online browsing wherever they please.

Building a wireless network may seem like an arduous task, especially if a consumer doesn't know the proper steps to take to ensure that it is of the highest quality. The following tips will be helpful for any future wireless residence:

  •     High-Speed Internet- Get connected! There are a variety of local broadband providers to choose from, offering great prices to fit a consumer's needs.
  •     Selecting a Wireless Router- The router is the home network's gateway to the Internet, a much bigger network. It connects to a cable or DSL modem and then communicates with a PC. Generally, there are two primary choices available to the consumer when finding the right router-- 802.11b and 802.11g. These are two different types of wireless networks. 802.11b technology is older, slower and therefore cheaper. Running a network that supports 802.11g is much faster, but costs more upon the purchase of the router. 802.11g is also backwards compatible with 802.11b, meaning that an 802.11g router can communicate with 802.11b devices.
  •     Wireless Network Adapters - In addition to having a router, the PC needs a way to communicate with the router. This is where wireless network adapters come in. The easy option is a USB wireless adapter, which requires little-to-no setup but runs on 802.11b technology, which is slower. The alternative is purchasing a PCI network adapter, which requires either home or professional installation. Both options are affordable and will work well so long as the standards chosen by the consumer (802.11b or 802.11g) all match. As far as laptops go, most current laptops come equipped for wireless access. If not, a USB adapter will be the simplest solution.
  •     The Wireless Access Point- The wireless access point is the place where the wireless router is located and dictates the signal strength of the home network. Selecting the location of the wireless access point is important, though limited to where the home's cable or phone ports are stationed. As long as the wireless access point is within 200-300 feet of the computers in the network, everything should be fine. Keep in mind though that the number of obstructions (walls, concrete, etc.) will reduce the effectiveness of the range.
  •     Configure and Connect- Wireless routers come with step-by-step instructions on how to configure the network's settings to the consumer's needs. This includes security settings, as well as computers that can and can not access the network.    

Remembering to research the routers and adapters is key for the consumer. There are plenty of options available as far as pricing, speed, and security. As with all other products, people need to find the particular wireless network set-up that works for them.

About ConnectMyHighSpeed:
ConnectMyHighSpeed, a free online service, offers consumers the latest in Internet plans for their home. Consumers can upgrade from dial-up, find the best price on high-speed Internet service, order from the nation's top brands and lower their bills in one central site. ConnectMyHighSpeed is part of the WhiteFence network.

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