As the laptops and netbooks are now very popular, the wireless computer networking is widely used for connecting these devices to the internet. When you travel away from home you can connect to the internet with your notebook very easy as most restaurants and other public places are offering free internet access to the customers.
Most wireless users don’t know anything about wireless computer networking but in fact they don’t even need to as wireless networking is really user friendly.
The Advantages Of Wireless Networks
If you want to compare a wired network with a wireless one you’ll notice that wireless networking has some clear advantages. First of all, the most obvious plus is the fact that, by using a wireless connection to the internet or a wireless network in general, you gain mobility within the coverage area and you avoid the use of the unaesthetic wires.
By ‘going wireless’, you no longer need to use devices such as switches in order to increase the connectivity of your network in terms of the number of computers that can be connected to it simultaneously. The type of devices that you can connect to such a network is much greater than the one corresponding to a wired network. By using wireless computer networking, you can connect compatible mobile phones, for example, and they will act just a regular computer in a wire based connection.
The Advantages Of Wireless Computers
The term ‘wireless computers’ usually refers to new generation devices that offer you a high mobility level: laptops, or notebooks. The best thing about wireless computers is the fact that you can take them with you everywhere you go. If we simply leave it at that, it might not sound like a big deal. But if we think about it for a second, we’ll get to realize that by having a wireless computer, we can have our important files with us all the time. We will not be tied to working from the office or from our homes anymore! We’ll be able to complete our tasks while drinking coffee in our favorite coffee shop, or in other place that inspires us and makes us more creative and efficient.
Acquiring a computer with wireless features is the first step towards having your own wireless networking system, a system that will allow you to connect to the internet or to transfer files within the network, from one device to another, with no trouble at all.
How To Connect To A Wireless Network
You can connect instantly to a wireless network because all the popular operating systems have utility software that makes the connecting process easier. Just scan for the wireless networks that exist in your area, select the one you want to connect to and the connection is automatically made.
More than that, many wireless computer networking experts developed even more intuitive software applications that can save the wireless profile of a network so that you can automatically connect to that network when you’re in its coverage area.
The only situation when it’s harder to connect to a wireless network is when the wireless network is using WPA or WPA encryption algorithms. In this case you need to copy the WPA or WPA2 key to your computer in order to make the connection possible. If you don’t know how to do that you need to read a general wireless computer networking guide.
When it comes to wireless networking you should pay extra attention to the security of your computer. If you regularly use your notebook to connect to public wireless networks or hotspots you should be aware of the risks.
A public wireless network can be accessed by anyone and sometimes the encryption used to transmit data packets can be poor. This way a hacker can intercept the packets with important information you send for logging into your bank account or email address and this can cause you many problems.
There’s also the risk to infect your computer with viruses if the public network you’re using doesn’t have a serious firewall. You don’t need to be a wireless computer networking expert in order to realize that a strong firewall on your computer is required when you access public networks.