Getting the best wireless (Wi-Fi) broadband service depends on a number of factors. You can use wireless broadband with virtually any service provider simply by installing a wireless router in your home. A good wireless broadband connection will ensure relative stability and consistently good upload and download speeds. It will also allow you to surf the Internet from any spot in the home.
Getting the Hardware
For wireless broadband, you will need to buy the appropriate hardware. This includes the wireless router itself and, for each computer connected wirelessly to the Internet, a wireless network card. All newer laptop computers already provide a built-in wireless network card. The latest wireless standard is 802.11n, but many devices still use 802.11b or 802.11g. If you are building a new wireless network, it is best to go for 802.11n, since this provides improved range and stability. Ensure that both the network card and router conform to the same standard.
The closer the wireless router and the computer are, the better the connection will be for the most part. "802.11n" has the highest range, but it is not only range that is important. Connection quality and signal strength also rely on having as clear a path between the devices as possible. The number of obstacles such as furniture and walls along the way should be minimal to ensure optimal performance.
Wireless repeaters extend the range of a wireless network by recording the signal and sending it back out again with renewed strength. Wireless repeaters can be a cheap and effective way of extending the range of the network or making connections across greater distances more stable.
HomePlug is a new technology which uses the electricity lines in your house to carry the data to and from the router. While this can be used to supply wired Internet connectivity anywhere in your home, it can also be used to extend wireless connectivity. You need a telephone socket to plug the router into, but you can also use a HomePlug adapter that supports wireless connectivity as an extremely effective ranger extender, providing a completely fresh signal wherever it is plugged in.
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