Home Wireless Internet Options

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Having a wireless Internet connection at home can allow multiple devices to connect to the home's high-speed Internet connection, without the hassle of wires. Here are a few things to consider when setting up wireless Internet at home.

Wireless Standards

  • As of early 2010, the following wireless network standards are available: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g and 802.11n. The 802.11n standard is the latest and fastest of these standards, capable of transfer speeds of up to 300 megabits per second (Mbps).

Requirements

  • Before going wireless, you must have a device capable of connecting to a wireless signal. For home usage, this generally means a computer with a wireless network adapter.

Hardware

  • Many broadband Internet providers (including DSL and cable) may include a wireless router and/or wireless network setup; contact your provider for more information. Alternatively, you can buy a wireless router to connect to your existing network.

Security

  • Using the default settings that came with your wireless router may leave your network vulnerable to unauthorized users. Secure your network by changing your SSID (wireless network name), and allow only authorized users to connect by using either WEP or TKIP encryption.

Range

  • Most home wireless routers have a maximum range of about 150 feet. To optimize your wireless signal, try to position your wireless router in an area that is free of obstructions and electrical interference. If your home is large and requires more coverage, use a wireless repeater to boost the signal as needed.

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