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How to Access a Wireless Network on Your PC

Wireless networking is all the rage. As long as your PC is equipped with a wireless networking adapter and a broadcast-networking signal is available, you too can do the wireless networking thing. Follow [more…]

How to Set up a WiFi Router to Use with Your Laptop

In general, the process of installing a WiFi device to use with your laptop begins by connecting the router to the same computer that is attached to your broadband modem [more…]

How to Make a Wireless Network Connection

When you have your wireless network in place and your PC ready, you can easily make the wireless connection between the two. Microsoft recommends that your wireless base station or WAP broadcast the SSID [more…]

How to Find an Available Wireless Network in Windows Vista

To use an available wireless network, your PC must have a wireless networking card. The first step is to find an available wireless network. The second step is to connect to the wireless network. [more…]

How to Upgrade Your Laptop for WiFi

Nearly all current laptops come equipped with built-in facilities for WiFi communication. Even if your laptop doesn’t have the latest technology, you can upgrade it for WiFi. [more…]

How to Build a Wireless Network for Your Laptop

The process of putting together a wireless network is mostly a matter of configuring devices to work with your laptop. There are, by definition, no wires that need to be strung along the floor or through [more…]

How to Upgrade and Enhance Your Laptop’s WiFi Capabilities

A laptop with the latest and greatest WiFi equipment will communicate no faster or better than the router or wireless access point’s top speed. Here are some things you can purchase to boost your wireless [more…]

Securing a Wireless Network on Your Laptop

If you set up a wireless network on your laptop, you need to make it secure. You don’t want anyone within reach of your wireless signal to be able to use the network, or worse, eavesdrop on the electronic [more…]

What to Do When You Can’t Connect to Your Wireless Network

Connecting to a network wirelessly can be as simple as turning on your laptop and tuning in to the WiFi signal, but it can also be very frustrating if the conditions aren't right or the settings are improper [more…]

How to Install Wireless PC Network Hardware

All manufacturers of wireless adapter cards (for desktops) and wireless PC Cards (for laptops) include their own installation and setup programs — which also create the necessary wireless connection automatically [more…]

How to Disconnect the Wireless Connection from Your Laptop

When you want to disconnect your laptop from a wireless connection, you can do so using the hardware or the software. The choice as to how you disconnect your laptop from the wireless connection is yours [more…]

Wireless versus Wired Computer Networking

Other than the transmission method (obviously, one network involves wires and the other is wireless), here are the three major differences between a wired network and a wireless network: [more…]

The Bluetooth Wireless Network Standard

Bluetooth isn’t a network standard for full-scale wireless Ethernet networking. Instead, Bluetooth was developed as a specialized wireless technology for short distances. You can use Bluetooth with cell [more…]

Going Public with Wi-Fi Hotspots

The beauty of Wi-Fi networking is its mobility. It gives you the freedom to wander far from home and still have a solid connection to the Internet. You can find Wi-Fi hotspots around the globe, with the [more…]

How to Disable the Original WiFi adapter

If your laptop has built-in WiFi but you add a new adapter that connects through the PC Card adapter or a USB port, you will need to remove or disable Windows drivers for the original unit. You should [more…]

The Different Wireless PC Network Standards

Wireless networking suffers from competition between different standards — some network standards are compatible with others, and some aren’t. And wireless networking has a handful of the most confusing [more…]

Securing Your Wireless Network

Having adequate security should always be a priority when setting up a wireless network. Follow these tips to make sure no one can steal your Internet connection, or access your computers. [more…]

Troubleshooting Your Wireless Network

If you can’t seem to load any Web pages, it’s time to troubleshoot your wireless network. This checklist can help you figure out why your wireless network is broken. [more…]

Wireless All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Wireless technology can make your life easier, and it’s not just limited to saving you from getting up to answer the phone. You can free up space on your desk with a wireless keyboard and mouse, you can [more…]

Explore Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) Technologies

Most people just refer to their wireless LAN as Wi-Fi. Which is good — we like simple names that everyone knows. But Wi-Fi actually covers a range of technologies, all part of the IEEE 802.11 family of [more…]

Wireless Network Glossary

Don’t let the techno jargon of wireless networking worry you. Take some to study its language and acronyms and you’re on your way to understanding the components of wireless networking and making the most [more…]

Wireless Security Standards

The convenience of wireless networks is also the greatest risk to security. Wireless networks can’t be contained inside your office or house like a wired network, so they’re more vulnerable to a network [more…]

Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Before you set up a wireless home network, read through a list of terms to understand the language and elements of the wireless networking. Keeping your personal information and data secure is a top priority [more…]

Planning Your Wireless Home Network

Wireless (or Wi-Fi) home networks are common now, due to their ease of setup, convenience, and low cost. Planning and building a wireless home network can be as simple as buying a wireless access point [more…]

How to Install Your Wireless Access Point

After you’ve purchased your wireless access point (WAP), it’s time to install and set it up! Begin by unpacking your wireless access point. In the box, you should find the wireless access point, a power [more…]

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