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How to Configure Your Wireless Access Point

After installing a wireless access point (WAP) for your home network, you can configure your device. To quickly configure your wireless access point with basic settings, you can use the CD that was included [more…]

How to Secure Your Wireless Access Point

After connecting the wireless access point (WAP) for your home network to the Internet, it’s time to configure the wireless settings so your wireless network devices [more…]

Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, and WPA2

Various wireless security protocols were developed to protect home wireless networks. These wireless security protocols include WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each with their own strengths — and weaknesses. In addition [more…]

How to Configure Your Wireless Home Network

Configuring your wireless home network is a separate step from configuring your wireless access point. You can configure your wireless access point to manage certain configuration information for the devices [more…]

How to Connect to the Internet through Your Wireless Access Point

After you install and configure the wireless access point for your home network, you're ready to connect your computer to your wireless network. If you’re connecting the computer you used to configure [more…]

How to Set Up a Wireless Ad Hoc Network

An alternative to installing a wireless access point for your home network is to set up a peer-to-peer ad hoc network. An ad hoc network provides basic wireless connectivity between two or more computers [more…]

Setting Up a Remote Computer to Connect to Your Windows 7 Home Network

Once you’ve set up a virtual private network (VPN) on your home network, you need to set up the devices that will remotely connect to your Windows 7 home network, such as a laptop. You use the Network [more…]

How to Use Remote Desktop on Your Windows 7 Home Network

Using the Remote Desktop feature in Windows 7 (or other remote control software) to access your computer on your home network from a remote location makes working remotely [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Bluetooth Issues on Your Windows Network

Like anything else you add to your computer, a Bluetooth gizmo introduces change. That change can cause problems. You can have problems with other devices that are incompatible with your Bluetooth device [more…]

How to Connect Multiple Wireless Base Stations

If you need to increase the range of your network, it is possible to do so by connecting wireless base stations to one another. Don’t be surprised if the range you actually get from your wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows 7

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows Vista

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Restrict Access to Your Wireless Network in Windows XP

One major weakness of wireless networking is security. Your best move is to apply a good, solid network password. A better option is to restrict access to only those computers known to the wireless router [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows 7

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows Vista

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Enable Your Wireless NIC in Windows XP

The biggest problem with connecting to a wireless network is that you don’t have your computer’s wireless NIC activated. There are two places to look.

First, check for an external switch on a laptop computer [more…]

How to Connect to a Wireless Network

You can seek out a wireless network in at least two ways. The first is to use Windows. The second is to use any custom software that came with the wireless NIC. Here’s how to find a wireless network in [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows XP

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows Vista

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Find a Wireless Network Using Windows 7

The first problem you encounter when trying to make the wireless network connection is finding the network. Not all wireless networks show up at first blush. [more…]

How to Manage Wireless Connections Using Windows

Both Windows 7 and Windows Vista feature a little black book. But unlike former dates, the black book helps you keep track of all the wireless networks your computer has gone out with. You can see the [more…]

How to Determine If Your PC Has Bluetooth Capability

Like everything else in your computer, Bluetooth requires both hardware and software. A Bluetooth adapter supplies Bluetooth hardware. If your PC didn’t come with the Bluetooth hardware installed, you [more…]

How to Connect a Bluetooth Device to Your Windows Network

The Bluetooth wireless networking standard has been around since the 1990s. It’s not as popular on the PC as it is on the Mac, considering that a lot of PC laptops don’t bother coming with Bluetooth hardware [more…]

How to Unpair a Bluetooth Device on Your Windows Network

To see which Bluetooth devices are connected to your computer, click the Bluetooth icon in the notification area and choose the command Show Bluetooth Devices. You see the Bluetooth Devices window, which [more…]

How to Configure the Wireless Base Station

Setting up a wireless base station works similarly to configuring a router for a wired network. Each router has a different set of instructions for setting it up and making connections. All the steps that [more…]

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