Home Wireless Internet Options

by Michelle Mista

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.

About the Author

Michelle Mista has loved technology since her earliest days. She began her career as an IT professional in the Silicon Valley. Mista combines her love of technology and writing to write about technology for the non-techies.

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