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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 26 November 2011 - 08:07 PM

Wireless Networking 101
Setting up and maintaining a home Wi-Fi network can be a daunting task for a PC newbie. These four how-to guides will run you through some of the basics.

By Patrick Miller, PCWorld Nov 26, 2011 3:00 am

You know, back in my day, each household had one Internet connection, and one computer connected to it. None of this Internet-sharing-wireless-router jibber-jabber. If you wanted to browse the Web, print something, listen to MP3s, or anything else, you used that computer. Now, the first thing every house guest asks after they take off their coat is "So, what's your Wi-Fi password?" The nerve!

With the holidays come house guests, and those house guests often bring smartphones, media players, tablets, laptops, and e-readers -- all with a Wi-Fi connection. But even hardened PC veterans who crimp their own Ethernet cables don't always manage their Wi-Fi network that well. That's why we've compiled a few handy basic Wi-Fi tutorials that walk you through the basics of securing your network and answer fundamental questions like "Why do I need a router?" and "How safe is my Wi-Fi encryption, really?".