Three Wireless Internet Access Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Wireless Internet isn’t nearly as plug-and-play as service providers would like us to believe. There are a number of frustrating problems that can crop up while trying to prepare your home for wireless Internet, especially if you want to tune your network for maximum performance. Of course, you could skip all of the headaches and just go for a wired access point in every room, but if major renovations aren’t on your to-do list, then you will should probably opt for the freedom of a wireless system instead.

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Most people don’t give too much thought as to how they can get the most out of their wireless network, but the truth is, it’s not all that difficult to optimize your wireless performance. Let’s take a look at the three basic things you can do in order to improve your Internet experience at home.

1. Plug your modem and/or router into an RF filter. Radio frequency noise generated by the wiring in your walls can wreak all sorts of havoc with your wireless router’s ability to broadcast a clear signal. Using an RF filter, or a power bar that offers RF filtering is a great way to make sure that the electricity your wireless router is receiving is as clean as possible.

2. Cell Phone and Cordless Phone Interference. Most wireless routers broadcast at a frequency of 2.8 GHz. Unfortunately, so do a large number of older cordless phones, which can mean a dropped wireless network signal while chatting, or when a call comes in. Other devices that can cause similar types of interference include cell phones, baby monitors or even microwaves. If you suspect that your wireless network performance might be suffering due to this type of interference, you might want to look into choosing either a 900 MHz or 5.8 GHz phone, or try moving the router farther away from the source of the problem.

3. Secure Your WiFi Network. An open WiFi network is like blood in the water for pranksters and hackers looking to take advantage of free-to-them Internet, as well as an opportunity for more malicious individuals to mess around with your computer’s files and settings. Using simple WEP or WPA key encryption on your wireless network can keep out pests and make sure that you get to use all of your own bandwidth – not give it away to some random strangers. It will also ensure that no one attempts to sniff out any of your passwords or personal information while you are browsing or emailing.

Author Jason Lancaster works with InternetServiceProviders.org, a website connecting homeowners with WiMax Internet service as well as listing Internet service providers in Florida.

 

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