The Wireless Guide - Introduction
What is Wireless Broadband?
Wireless broadband gives you a whole new wire-free internet world from anywhere in your home or office. No annoying cables lying around and no more restrictions.
You can create your own wireless network for your family and share your broadband connection with multiple computers, printers and wireless devices in your home/office, you can check e-mails from your kitchen, stream online videos from your garden and even do your weekly shopping from the bedroom! It's never been easier to understand and create your own wireless network, Freeola explains it all with The Wireless Guide.
Why would I want Wireless Broadband?
There are many advantages for having wireless broadband, here are just a few:
No Messy Cables
One of the benefits of a wireless broadband connection is just that, it's WIRELESS! You can have the freedom of a small or large network in your own home or at work, without having to worry about any cables!
Create Your Own Network
With wireless internet it's easy to set up a wireless broadband network at home or at work. You can share your broadband with many computers and printers so everyone can benefit from the wireless connection.
Now there's absolutely no need to keep your computer or laptop in one place, with wireless broadband you're free to use your computers and laptops anywhere in your home, you can even use them in the garden!
Setting up your own Wireless Broadband Connection has never been easier!
Well, first of all you'll need to have a wireless compatible broadband connection. Freeola's Broadband packages are all wireless-friendly and it's incredibly quick and easy to get yourself set-up. Simply take your pick of our amazing broadband packages, and choose your wireless equipment during sign-up. We'll even pre-configure your router so it's ready to plug in and surf... It really is that easy!
If you already have a wireless capable broadband connection, take a look at our Wireless Equipment page to find out what equipment you need. If you already know what you need, you can purchase cheap wireless equipment from the Freeola Shop.
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A broadband internet connection without any wires or cables connecting the computers to the internet.
A Network of multiple Computers, Laptops and Printers all connected to each other and the internet wirelessly.
The essential item that connects you to the Internet with the built in ADSL modem.
An Internal Wireless Network Adapter for laptops allowing wireless communications between the computer and a wireless router.
An Internal Network Adapter used with PCs allowing wireless communications between the Computer and a Wireless Router.
Multiple-input multiple-output communication. MIMO Routers have more antennas therefore allowing more wireless connections and more coverage. A MIMO Router allows more devices to connect to it than a standard router, and will also have greater coverage, so the range of the wireless network can be increased.
A GB (gigabyte) is a unit of information or computer storage equal to 1 billion bytes.
A Mbps (megabit per second) is a unit of data transfer rate equal to 1,000,000 bits per second or 1,000 kilobits per second.
The Wi-Fi standard that applies to wireless devices such as routers, denotes a set of Wireless LAN/WLAN standards developed by working group 11 of the IEEE LAN/MAN Standards Committee (IEEE 802).
The two main types are 802.11b (which supports speeds of up to 11Mbps) and 802.11g (which supports speeds of up to 54Mbps). You won't notice any difference when browsing the internet with a standard (up to 8Mbps) broadband connection, however file and data transfers between devices on a wireless network will be faster with the 802.11g rather than the 802.11b.
USB Network adapter
An External Network Adapter suited to all types of computers allowing wireless communications between the Computer and a Wireless Router. USB adapters are very easy to use as you simply plug them into a USB port on your computer.
WEP, WPA, SSID hiding & MAC Control
These are all different types of Wireless Network Security. These allow for different levels of security to be set within your wireless router so that your network is safe from intruders trying to connect to your network.