Home Wireless Networking

Networking your home is not as difficult as it seems, you do have to choose between the wireless technology and the ether which is the conventional way of connecting with cables. When you use the wireless technology you have the advantage of moving from room to room with in the house or even on the porch and by the pool side with out the trouble of connecting wires and cables.

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Wireless technology works through radio waves, the devices required are the same but they are connected via radio waves. Your homes wireless net working has to be done by a professional, the need to install firewalls and other safety precautions will all have to be worked out. When buying a wireless router you must check out the available products in the market, routers are the devices that connect the computers to each other as well as to the internet. A dual band draft N wireless router like the DIR855 will have the following features;

  • Better performance as compared to the Draft 802.11n Routers with dual band facilities.
  • A good engine which has a great technology and is excellent for gaming.
  • It has the capacity to work with the existing wireless devices.
  • It also has Ethernet ports which will give good speeds in networking.

This DIR855 is devised to increase speed, range and performance, while operating hi end computers gaming consoles and computers as explained by networking site, BestNetworkingHardware.com. The dual band enables safe use of the internet, along with running movies, music and online games smoothly over the wireless internet. The ports for wired networking allow you to connect to the internet via cables if you want high speeds.

This device allows you to maintain your home wireless network security and provides you all your home wireless networking solutions. If you want more information or home networking tutorials just check online, you will find answers to all your problems. The wireless solutions are all simple to use and give good firewall protection, they boast of the best security systems. Before you pick your choice be sure to check a few different brands and compare prices.

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Printer Switch: A Time Saving And Easy To Use Device For Business And At Home

To make printing easier to print try a printer switch with a print server. A printer switch will stop so many headaches in your home or business. You’ll be surprised that the peripheral server doesn’t cost that much to buy either. Read on to learn more about some brands of servers with a printer switch that will also save you lots of wasted time.

Why Buy A Server

There are other things that you could be doing if you invested in an external server that allows you and others to use the same printer. It’s true that some printers have an internal switch as a printer switch, but that’s only for that printer. The best way to go is with a wireless server, but many people don’t have the dollars to invest in a new printer, and everything else that’s gone wireless too. A lot of printers rely on an USB printer switch for their computing needs. Sometimes the printer gets in a loop, and just keeps printing when it should stop. However, there are adapters like Bluetooth that lets you use their adapter for things that aren’t wireless.

A printer switch with a wireless external server produces faster times at printing too. This is really important for business applications because a network can be faulty, and slow printing speeds happen because of competition for network use. Business needs fast printing applications for profit.

Other Reasons For A Printer Switch

Another reason a printer switch is valuable with an external server is that it can be set up the way you need it as explained by printer expert in the uk https://www.ibestprinters.co.uk. Programming a printer switch with an external server unit can not only let others use the printer by a printer switch fault if necessary, but also in the order that it can be programmed to. Also, you don’t have to share your PC, and can continue to do your work. Fast service time for a printer switch means that a fast Ethernet connection will let others work quickly.

There is another peripheral that’s valuable aside from the server. It’s a printer a/b switch that’s manual. These printer switches allow others to share the printers, or you can printer to all other printers in the building. However, a jam switch could occur that would mess up printing. There are other issues like security, but that can be handled with a security printer switch. A switch for printer security should be used for all documents that anyone can see.

Finally, know that there are a lot of printer switch options, either manual, or internal with a separate server. Figure out what’s best for your home use or business because it will speed up what you need to get done.

WiFi Slower than Fixed Broadband

Recent research has suggested that many people using WiFi broadband in the home are getting significantly slower speeds than those with fixed broadband.

These days many people decide to get wireless routers so that they can get online wirelessly in their home. This enables them to move around the home with their computer rather than being tied to one particular location, and they can even go out in the garden and use their broadband service for work or pleasure. Another reason why people opt for wireless is because it means that more than one internet device or computer can get online at the same time and via the same connection.

However, whilst wireless does offer many benefits to those that have more than one user or device in the home and those that want more freedom and flexibility when going online, there is also a downside to consider as well. According to recent reports those that are using WiFi in their home to get online are actually getting significantly slower speeds than those that are using their fixed line connection.

According to http://www.bestnetworkinghardware.com website, A study was carried out where over fourteen thousand WiFi connections were tested in the United Kingdom as well as in Spain, Italy, and the United States. The results showed that there was an average thirty percent drop off in terms of speed. However, it is also thought that many people are prepared to lose some of their speed in exchange for the convenience and ease that WiFi offers.

The study was carried out by the network measurement firm Epitiro, and an official from the firm said: “People are voting with their feet and trading speed for the benefits of mobility. Most of us do e-mailing and web surfing and for these things there is precious little difference between the 50Mb/s services and an 8Mb/s service.”

What is a Compatible Printer Ink Cartridge?

There are 3 different categories that you can buy a printer cartridge;

  1. “Genuine” cartridges
  2. “Compatible” cartridges
  3. “Refilled” cartridges

Genuine cartridges are simply described as cartridges made by the manufacturer that made the printer. These ar sometimes called OEM products, which stands for “Original Equipment Manufacturer”

Compatible products are brand new products that have been made by someone other than the manufacturer of the printer. For example “jet tec” is a manufacturer of compatible cartridges. They make new cartridges that are suitable for use in Epson, Canon, HP and other types of printers.

Refilled cartridges are cartridges that have been used and have been refilled with ink or toner ready for re use. This type of product is a topic unto itself that I will discuss in another article, about the best home printers 2018.

What about My Printer Warrantee

Contrary to popular belief the warrantee or guarantee on your printer remains 100% in tact regardless of which category of cartridge you choose to use. That includes Genuine, compatible and refilled cartridges, as we quoted from MyHomePrinters.com.

In fact it is against the law for an Original Equipment manufacturer to “Void” a warrantee or guarantee through the use of a non genuine part.

The reality of warrantees and guarantees is that the consumer is entitled to expect their product to function without fault for a reasonable period of time. They are also entitled to choose to use whatever consumable products they wish to operate the product.

In the event that a consumable product causes harm to the printer, under no circumstances does any one have the right to “void” the consumers entitlement to a warrantee or guarantee.

What simply happens is that the responsibilty for the consumer to be taken care of, shifts from the original manufacturer, to the retailer who provided the compatible product, and subsequently on to the manufacturer of the compatible product.

This is another reason to have trust in the retailer you choose to buy your compatible products from. In fact this is a question you ought to be proposing in your intial research.

If the retailer has complete confidence in their product, they should have no hesitation in accepting their responsibilties in this area.

Naturally you can expect that the retailer will want to make their own investigations as to the validity of the claim that it was their cartridge that was at fault.

This is only fair, however you would want to be sure that an independant person was employed to make that judgement.

Some Advantages of Mobile Hotspots

Universal Connectivity – Mobile Hotspots work with any device that is Wi-Fi enabled and made within the last 10 years. Since the connection is 100% Wi-Fi, no configuration is needed on connected devices, just browse for your SSID (name of wireless network), enter the password and connect – exactly as you would on a home Wi-Fi network.

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Secure and Private – All mobile hotspots support the industry’s strongest encryption methods, including WPA2 Encryption, IP Filtering, Secure VPN, and WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) – just remember to only give your Wi-Fi password to those you entrust to your personal network.

Ease of Use – Mobile hotspots contain everything you need to get online in one tiny box; the 3G or 4G cellular radio, Wi-Fi router, rechargeable battery and management software is self contained. All the technical aspects are encapsulated in an all-in-one device. Just press the power on button and you’re good to go.

Cost effective – Each wireless carrier has an array of plans that can cater to the anticipated needs of the user, which are often more flexible and wider ranging than smart-phone data plans. Given the fact that up to ten people (or devices) can simultaneously share the single data plan, the cost divided amongst all the users who benefit from the mobile hotspot is pretty reasonable.

Portability – The newest mobile hotspots are typically no larger than a small stack of credit cards. With absolutely no wires needed, these hotspots will allow up to 8 hours of uninterrupted use wherever your providers wireless signal is available. Use it at the beach, in the car, at the airport, school, hotel or park.

Router vs Switch

Do you know what is the difference between router and switch ?? For beginner, it’s not easy but If you already have learned about networking, you can find easily the difference between these devices, okay.. let’s take a closer look in video below so you can learn more about them

Computer Networking Basics For Beginners

A computer network is a group of desktop computers or laptops and other computer networking devices such as printer, switch, router which are connected each other with the main purpose is to share or exchange data each other. In homes, this computer networking basics help you build a wireless networking to share a single internet connection with many computers, share other network resources such as printer, network storage with others.

This computer networking basics helps you understand the advantages of having a computer networking particularly wireless network in homes. With the network, you can get the flexibilities in the way you work and spend your time with the computers and other electronic devices either in home or office. The following lists the advantages of the network:

  • With your single broadband internet connection in home, you can share with other computers in the household to allow them surf the internet simultaneously. You can work with your email, while others play online games, and your wife shops online
  • You can share your documents / files including music, video, digital photos stored in the network storage, or your computer hard disks
  • You can store all of your share files including music, videos, photos in a network storage which is accessible by others so you can view the photos, listen the music, and watch the videos anywhere within the network coverage
  • With the network you can protect the computers centrally against any types of internet threats in the entry point device (the router/firewall). In a business class networks, they can implement such a network security appliance or UTM appliance – a single solution for all internet threats management. For home, you can implement an internet security device such as DSD-150 by D-Link which is specifically designed for homes or small offices
  • With your single printer or scanner or other peripherals, you can share them with others so you can save the time and money. See also networking printer to share
  • With your network storage, you can share the files to be accessible by other users within the LAN network or other users across the internet safely.

Basically there are two types of networks you can choose from – wired and wireless networks or even you can combine both to form a single network. With the wired network, communication happened through network cables using the Ethernet technology. While in wireless network, communication happened through radio waves.

Wired Networks

Wired networks have been around for decades and the most popular wired technology used today is Ethernet. Typically the computers and other networking devices are connected using the cable network as the medium transmission. The advantages of wired network over the wireless networks are:

  • You can transfer large amounts of data at high-speeds such as HD media, Video.
  • High-performance
  • Faster and reliable speed using standard Fast Ethernet (100Mbps) or Gigabit (1000Mbps) Ethernet

To provide a better understanding in this computer networking basics regarding the wired network, the figure 1 shows the typical diagram of the wired network in homes or offices that share a single broadband internet connection using a LAN Switch.

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With your broadband modem from your ISP in home, connect the modem to the LAN Switch using UTP cross cable (use the cable that comes with your modem). To connect the computers (with NIC adapter enabled) to the switch, use the straight-through UTP cable.

Wireless Network – the Preference

Wireless network uses radio waves rather than wired for the transmission medium. With wireless network, you can get the freedom from the restriction of wires or a fixed connection to the network. You can play online games in the comfort of your living room without the clutter of the wires. Other benefits of wireless network include the following:

  • With wireless, no restriction of wired fix connection
  • No wires, provides mobility and freedom the way you work
  • Installation is easy and quick, no hassle, less effort
  • Expanding the network is easy

Wireless network is known as Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) which allows you roam with your wireless networking devices within the network coverage. You can surf the Internet and work with your email by your pool side or in the gazebo. Wireless networks are now provided freely in certain public areas such as in the campuses, airports, or in the cafe.

To provide a better understanding in this computer networking basics, the figure 2 shows a common wireless networking diagram in homes which typically used to share the broadband internet connection, share the printer, and other file sharing.

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To share the internet, you need a wireless router. Connect the wireless router’s WAN port to the Ethernet port of the modem using the UTP cable (that comes with the modem). There are many types of wireless routers that include the USB port (such as Belkin new routers) to allow you attach a USB printer to be accessible by users on the network. Or you can attach a USB storage device to share to the network. You cannot use the USB hub to attach both USB printer and USB storage at the same time to share. But with TEW-673GRU router, you can share USB printer and USB storage to the router at the same time. TEW-673GRU is a high-performance dual-band wireless N 300Mbps gigabit router with two USB ports.

Security

When your computers or your networks connect to the internet, you expose them to the wild internet where many types of internet threats such as hackers, malware, viruses, and other network attacks are threatening your network security. A firewall device is typically used to protect the network against internet threats.

For home network environments when you sign-up a broadband internet from the ISP, generally the ISP provides you a modem. As general there are two types of modem: a modem with firewall feature and a pure modem (without a firewall feature). With a pure modem, you cannot share the internet with many computers unless with special technique such as ICS (internet connection sharing) in Windows. Or you can add a home wireless router (such as WNDR37AV) to create a wireless network and share the internet with many computers. All wireless routers in the market place today support the firewall feature to help protect the network security. With your modem with firewall feature, you can share the internet by adding a LAN Switch (for wired network) or a wireless access point to create a wireless network.

In business class networks, they usually implement business class network security appliances such as Sonicwall NSA 2400 Multi-core Network Security Appliances or Juniper Network Security IDP Series. Juniper Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) appliances including IDP75, IDP250, IDP800, and IDP8200 provide comprehensive management of unwanted applications.

LAN and WAN

Both types of networks discussed above are Local Area Network (LAN) where each of the computers and other network devices are connected locally in the same building or in the same location. A LAN network in one location can be linked with another LANs in different sites / locations which are separate thousands of miles away or even separate geographically with different countries to form a Wide Area Network (WAN).

Connecting each of LAN (site) with another LANs can be point-to-point or point-to-multi point to form a full mesh network, or partial mesh networks. See more detail about the WAN technologies used in connecting the sites.

By understanding computer networking basics as shown in the above two figures with the explanations and the security threats, as a newbie you have a better insight how a computer network is all about.