Create A Connected Network For Your Home
A router makes your Internet connection wireless and shares it with other devices, which creates a WiFi network that all your computers can join. Wireless routers are available in different speeds, including wireless G, wireless N, and wireless AC. Wireless AC is the most recent and fastest standard. It boasts standard speeds of 1.5 Gbps (wireless N speeds top out at 0.45Gbps). A wireless AC router is backward compatible with older wireless devices, but you will need a wireless AC router and device to take advantage of its high-speed performance.
Improve The WiFi Signal Inside Your Home
Some homes have difficulty creating a strong WiFi network because walls, doors, and obstacles can all reduce the strength of your signal. If you’re an online gamer or want to stream HD media, you’ll also want faster speeds than your router can handle. Both problems can be solved with powerline networking. A powerline networking kit uses your home’s existing electrical wiring to create a high-speed connection where you need it most. Just plug one adapter into an electrical outlet and connect it to your Internet modem, then plug another adapter into an outlet where you want to go online. You can add multiple adapters if you want to extend this fast connection to other rooms.
Range extenders are another way to improve your WiFi signal. They work by boosting your existing WiFi signal so it can reach more areas of your home. Simply connect it to a power source halfway between your router and the area where you want a stronger signal, and you’ll get more bars in no time.
Boost Your Computer’s WiFi
If your computer doesn’t have built-in WiFi, you can get laptop a wireless USB adapter or wireless card to connect to a wireless network. A USB adapter will work with almost any computer equipped with a USB port while a wireless card can only be used on desktop computers and requires installation. If you want to pick up WiFi signals while you’re out and about, a mobile Internet stick plugs into a USB port on your laptop and provides wireless data connectivity. Simply sign up to a mobile data plan from a wireless carrier and you’ll be browsing, emailing, and downloading from pretty much anywhere.
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