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Friday, August 14, 2009

Your Wireless Network

This NY Times article has some great information on how you can improve your wireless network. Here's what I took away from the article:
1. Your wireless network probably runs on either 802.11b or 802.11g technology. The latest Wi-Fi standard, 802.11n can transmit data twice as fast as "g" and is more than five times faster than "b".

2. Wireless technology is heading towards the 5GHz frequency vs. the current 2.4GHz. 802.11n can use either 2.4GHz or 5GHz. You will want 5GHz eventually, as an 802.11n Wi-Fi network transmitting at 5GHz frequency can support a dozen nonoverlapping channels. This will allow you to run all of the smartphones in your house, your laptops, video games, streaming movies, printers, etc... all at the same time over Wi-Fi without interfering with each other.

3. If you don't want to upgrade to an 802.11n network or don't have the computer to support it, the article covers several products you can buy for your current "b" or "g" networks that will extend your wireless network to parts of your house your Wi-Fi doesn't currently reach.

There are some excellent signal "extenders" available, and if that doesn't work, "Powerline" technology uses the electrical wiring in your house to transfer data so you don't have to run ethernet cables through your walls.
The Slingbox (watch your tv anywhere with an internet connection) I recently purchased came with "powerline" adapters so I could have a hardwired signal going from my DirecTV box through the electrical wiring in the walls to the router on my network which is in a completely different part of the house. It works great.

Wireless world: last night I was at my house watching the PGA Championship I had recorded earlier in the day when the cab came to take me to the airport. I paused the DVR, turned the tv off and headed out. When I got to the airport I used my Verizon Wireless card to get online, I logged into my Slingbox over the internet and picked up watching golf on my DVR where I had left off.

Thanks: Tom

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