Wireless Networking. Technology. From Principles to Successful Implementation. Steve Rackley. AMSTERDAM • BOSTON • HEIDELBERG • LONDON. Wireless networks let you connect all sorts of devices in your home — not just computers, but also printers, smartphones and tablet computers, storage servers, . WIRELESS NETWORKING ABSOLUTE BEGINNER'S GUIDE. II Setting Up a Wireless Network. 5 Planning Your Network and downloading Equipment.
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By Danny Briere, Pat Hurley Wireless networks let you connect all sorts of devices in your home — not just computers, but also printers, smartphones and tablet computers, storage servers, audio components, and even your television. Within the Bluetooth: A standard system for wireless personal area networks PANs. Bluetooth provides speeds of up to 3 Mbps at short ranges typically less than 10 meters. Ethernet: A standard data communications protocol enabling computers and computer peripheral devices, such as printers, to interface with one another and across networks for the exchange of information.
The infrastructure network is most likely the type of wireless setup you have in your home or office. The basic wireless, peer-to-peer network consists of these components: Wireless router: The heart of the wireless network is the wireless router. Like a wire-based network, the hub is a central location that all computers connect to, providing the computers with network access.
The wireless hubs now available also serve as routers.
One port is used to connect the router to a broadband modem. Other Ethernet ports might be also available, allowing you to connect standard wire-based networking to the wireless hub.
The ad hoc type of wireless network is basically a group of wireless computers connected with each other.
Other Ethernet ports might be also available, allowing you to connect standard wire-based networking to the wireless hub. The ad hoc type of wireless network is basically a group of wireless computers connected with each other. An ad hoc network has no central hub or router.
One of the beauties of a wireless network is that you can mix in wired components as needed.
If you need more Ethernet ports, for example, simply add a switch to the wireless router. Despite the wireless nature of wireless networking, you still need an Ethernet cable a wire to connect a wireless router to a broadband modem. If you live in an apartment, or just move around a lot, a wireless setup a good option.
Today, they mean the same thing. Managed switches are more expensive, and can be set up with features like Quality Of Service which means you can give priority to data-packets from Skype, for instance, so you always have the best call quality. Be informed before you download. You are limited by this number, but can expand the network using additional switches see the next section, Expanding Your Wired Network.
LAN cabling is the highest performing, most reliable, network connection — but it can get messy with lots of devices all over the house. The latest Wi-Fi standard is Rather than blindly radiating the same signal out in every direction, With a higher latency, more prone to interference and errors, Wi-Fi should only be used when absolutely necessary — such as mobile devices.
Power Line Power Line networking involves piggybacking a network signal on top of mains power electrical distribution, by manipulating frequencies not used for the AC current. Which Should You Use? In short: using wired Ethernet connections is always preferable.
It offers the fastest speed, the best reliability, and the lowest latency. Should You download A Wireless No problem: just download a switch to add more ports. If you need to expand again, using one of the original router ports is best Do I need crossover cable? You may have heard that crossover network cables are used to connect thing like switches and routers, but modern hardware is clever enough to do this crossover in firmware — there is no need to use special cabling. Read More in the first place.
We take Wi-Fi for granted, but it's not magic -- it's radio waves.
These radio waves can be interfered with or obstructed, producing wireless "dead zones" or "dead spots. I mean, a house is a closed-in box, and you'd think when you place a device that transmits wireless signals in all directions Read More to learn all about the best positions.
Wi-Fi Interference The wireless spectrum is a generally a busy place, particularly if you live in an urban environment. We answer these questions and more in this quick guide. A modern router should do this automatically though. These may land you jail time!