Building Your Home Network Part 3: Wireless Network Continued
Building a Wi-Fi network certainly has its advantages over a wired network. However, it is a bit more complicated, so there is more in-depth information you may need to know to fully understand how to utilize yours. Check out these additional terms you should understand.
As you may know from looking at Wi-Fi networks on your phone, most of them have locks. This is because it’s easy to connect to a Wi-Fi network. If you have a wired connection, someone would have to manually hook up to your router with a cable to access your network. However, with a wireless network, anyone with a Wi-Fi client can connect. That is why it is always important to create a password for your wireless network. WEP, WPA and WPA2 are the most common ways to protect your Wi-Fi, but WEP is quickly becoming obsolete. WPA2 is the most secure way to protect your information.
Wi-Fi Protected Setup
A Wi-Fi protected setup is a way to secure your wireless network without needing to remember a password. To connect to this network, you must push the WPS button on the router. Within two minutes, you must push the WPS button on your Wi-Fi client. Most new networking devices support WPS. This allows you to forgo the password, but it prevents random people outside from connecting to your network. They would have to break in and push the button on the router.
Wi-Fi Direct is a way to turn other devices into Wi-Fi access points. For example, if you are in a hotel that doesn’t have Wi-Fi, you can connect to the wired network with your laptop. You can then use the Wi-Fi Direct tool on your laptop to turn it into a soft access point. This means other Wi-Fi clients can wirelessly connect to the internet through your laptop.
Making sure your wireless network is secure is extremely important, so you can protect important HOA and personal information. Using encryption is the best way to ensure no one can access your network unless they have the password.
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