Wi-Fi Basics: A Begininers Guide to the Wireless Web

Brink

Staff member
mvp
Mind your Bs, Ns, and Gs as we break down the ABCs (and many Ws) of Wi-Fi


The popularity of home networks has increased dramatically over the last decade, a phenomenon which can be directly attributed to the increase in broadband availability, but credit is also due to the accessibility that Wi-Fi provides to consumers. Not only are Wi-Fi products easy to configure and relatively inexpensive to implement, but many home computing devices have wireless radios pre-installed.

While connecting to a wireless network can be as simple as a few button presses or taps, there is a lot that goes into making the bits magically travel through the ether. We’re going to take a look at some of the building blocks that go into making your wireless network stable and fast, with an eye toward security and standards. We’ll also cover some of the devices that can improve your wireless network and ways you can use your Wi-Fi while away from home.
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Yard Dog

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Excellent article, thanks Brink, i have added this bit of info to a speed dial setting for easy access , when needed.
 

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Brink

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You're welcome Bill. :)
 

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xraiderv1

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brink, what channel is best for wifi use in your considered opinion?
 

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Brink

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That would really depend on what you may find is best in your area if you have interference from other WiFi networks in the area or not. Personally, using the default and/or to let it auto select channels as needed works fine for me.
 

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xraiderv1

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..thats kind of why I asked, because using autoselect left me with a wifi problem that for weeks I thought was my 3ds, but eventually encompassed my nook color and laptop in terms of inability to connect to the net.

races on mariokart 7 take forever/and/or dont happen, I get booted mid race, etc.

hence my asking what channels are optimal for use.
 

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Brink

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Unfortunately, it's pretty much a try and see deal with channels.

Usually autoselect works best unless it's roaming aggressiveness is set to high, then that may cause issues.
 

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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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