The Wireless Guide - Equipment
Choose your Wireless Equipment
To create a wireless connection, there are certain pieces of wireless network equipment that you will need depending on how many computers you are looking to connect to the wireless connection. You will need one Wireless Router and you will also need a Wireless Network Adaptor/Card for every computer/laptop that you are looking to connect wirelessly.
This is the essential item that connects you to the Internet with the built in modem. The router allows more than one PC to connect wirelessly to the modem at the same time.
Wireless routers allow you to have several computers/laptops connected to it wirelessly, and also wired. Take a look at the Freeola Shop for an excellent selection of wireless equipment.
Wireless Network Adaptor
Wireless network adapters connect your computer to your wireless modem/router.
For a desktop computer, you can buy a USB wireless network adapter which you simply plug into a USB port on your computer or a PCI card version instead which needs to be installed internally.
USB versions are much easier to install, however, internal PCI cards are better suited for office users as you won't need to worry about running out of USB ports.
Most modern laptops usually have a built-in wireless card. You can check whether your laptop has one on the original documentation when the laptop was first purchased. If your laptop doesn't already have a wireless capabilities built-in, you can use either a USB wireless adaptor or a PCMCIA card. The latter item is a tidier option as it is based inside your laptop (don't worry you don't have to undo the case to install this!)
Wireless Equipment Checklist
To run a wireless home or office network, you'll need the following equipment:
- 1 x Wireless Friendly Broadband Package
- 1 x Wireless Router
- 1 x USB or PCI Card for each PC or Apple Mac computer
- 1 x USB or PCMCIA Card for each Laptop or Notebook
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Note: If your Computer/Laptop already has built in wireless capabilities, you won't need a network adaptor.
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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.