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PostSubject: Wireless Internet Tips   Thu Nov 27, 2008 5:36 pm

Wireless Internet Sharing

If you plan on sharing your wireless internet access, you will need to have that option turned on in your settings. However, if you do not have other
computers hooked up to the network at this time, for security purposes,
you should leave the setting turned off until the need arises to share
the wireless internet access.

Wireless Internet Speeds


Coming in at the slowest is Bluetooth, followed by 802.11b, 802.11a and
topping the charts currently is 802.11g. 802.11b is roughly equivalent
to the traditional wired 10BaseT Wired Ethernet networks. Therefore,
switching to Wi-Fi should not considerably slow down your wireless
internet connection
.

Wireless Network Equipment While Traveling

You will need to have a wireless network card, either an adapter or
integrated in your laptop. If you do not have an available slot on your
PC, there are adapters you can purchase that plug into a USB port on
the computer.

Finding a Wireless Internet Hot Spot


There are several stores and restaurants that offer wireless internet access, such as Starbucks. If you have a particular destination in mind, you
can call the hotels to see if they offer the service. There are also
hot spot directories that you can search to find wireless internet
access.

Wireless internet - WiFi Standards

802.11 is the Wi-Fi standard, however there are other standards which are variations of the 802.11. These include:

* 802.11a
* 802.11b
* 802.11g
* 802.11i.

The differences among these standards includes speed, transmission
frequency, and price. 802.11g is backwards compatible with previous
products, but that is not the case with 802.11a. Make sure you check on
compatibility issues prior to purchasing products.

Wireless Internet and Dial up


It is possible to share a wireless internet connection with dial up, but
it is not a very good idea. Some access points, such as the airport
extreme base station from Apple, will allow this. However, there is
some slow down time with sharing a wireless internet connection, and if
you decide to share a dial up connection, you won't be surfing anything
fast.

Finding a Wireless Internet Hot Spot in a Chain

If you are traveling and know that you will be stopping at Starbucks, for
example, and want to access the internet, you can check out their
website to see what specific franchises offer wireless internet access.

Paying for Wireless Internet Access

Most likely, you will need to pay for the high speed wireless internet
access when you travel. Starbucks for example uses T-mobile as their
wireless internet provider. You will need to have a t-mobile account in
order to access wi-fi at Starbucks. There are some restaurants that may
advertise free Wi-Fi, but in general, you should expect to pay a fee.

Nationwide Wireless Internet Service


There are a plethora of national wireless high speed internet services
available. AT&T, Sprint PCS, T-mobile, and Verizon are a few which
offer nationwide service. You will want to check out various pricing,
roaming policies and fees for the various networks.

Mixing Apples and PC's to Share Wireless Internet Connection

You can mix apple and PC on a wireless network and share a wireless
internet access. For example, Apple makes an access point called the
AirPort Extreme Base station. Even though it is made by Apple, it still
uses the Wi-Fi standard, and PC computers with a wireless adapter on
the network will be able to share the wireless internet connection

Mixing Wireless Internet and Wired Internet

You can easily share a wireless internet access while still maintaining a
wired network. There are many wireless routers on the market which
offer both wired and wireless network capabilities. It is also possible
to add on an access point after a wired router for wireless access.

Configuring Wireless Access Point to Share Wireless Internet Connection


Once you install the drivers on your computer for the access point, you will
be able to open up the configuration software that comes with the
router. The IP address 192.168.0.0 is the lowest in the network and
should be dedicated to the router. Make sure to follow the specific
configuration instructions that come with your wireless router, as each
product will be slightly different from one another.

Wireless Internet Equipment


The beauty of the WI-FI is that it set a standard for wireless networking.
Because of this, you do not need to have equipment from all the same
venders in order to run a successful wireless network. You will be able
to share wireless internet access as well without having equipment from
all the same venders.

Configuring Wireless Internet Card

You will need to use the configuration software that comes with your
network card to configure your computer to work at various hot spots.
Simply type in the hotspot network name (various depending on the
service you are using) and state the type of network, such as access
point. You can also scan available wireless broadband internet access
in the area and choose which network you wish to connect with.

Wireless Internet WIFI


WI-FI, the 802.11 standard, is important for a variety of reasons. Having a
standard in the industry ensures that anyone using wi-fi will be using
the same standard, therefore equipment and connections are
interchangeable. Having a set standard makes setting up wireless
networks, sharing wireless internet access and working with wireless
equipment more users friendly.
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