|What is Wi Fi ?
Wi-Fi or Wireless-LAN (WLAN) is a standard that allows devices to communicate with each other using a Wi-Fi router as the central hub. All devices with Wi-Fi connect to the router via which data exchange takes place. Depending on the router used and the surrounding conditions—such as walls, physical obstructions and other wireless networks in the vicinity. Wi-Fi networks can have a range of around 20-25 feet indoors.
|What does 2.4GHz, 5GHz mean? Which one is better? :|
|Every wireless network (including cell towers, cordless phones) uses radio waves to communicate and transmit data. Devices that use radio waves are tuned to a particular frequency . This allows them to communicate freely with each other, without any kind of interference from another wireless device.
The 2.4GHz sticker that you see on the router means that it transmits data at that frequency. Most gadgets use this 2.4GHz frequency to transmit, which leads to network congestion and interference. Due to this, newer Wi-Fi routers use the less-crowded 5GHz frequency band, which provides better transfers when compared to a 2.4GHz one.
However, higher the frequency of a wireless signal, the shorter its range. So a 2.4GHz router may cover a larger area than a 5GHz device. Besides, 5GHz signals do not penetrate solid objects as well as 2.4GHz signals, thus limiting their reach.
|What does Wi-Fi a/b/g/n mean ? :|
|While the technology was released to the public in 1997, with time Wi-Fi has been updated with new standard to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of the latest devices.
• Wi-Fi standards 'a' and 'b' are now nearly non-existent. both of these standards provide very low bandwidth to transfer data, making them quite impractical to use in today's world.
• Wi-Fi standards 'g' which uses the 2.4GHz frequency to transmit data, is the most common standard in use currently. It has a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 54Mbps, and is more tolerant to signal interface than the previous standards.
• Wi-Fi 'n' is the latest standard that features a much higher theoretical speed of 300Mbps. The latest laptops, smartphones, and tablets support the 'n' standard. Wi-Fi 'n' can use either the 2.4GHz or the 5GHz frequency to transmit data. It also provides better signal strength due to improved signal intensity, but is more prone to signal interference.
Single Band, dual band?
There are three kinds of routers: Single band, dual band and simultaneous dual band.
|Wi-Fi Security :
|What about the all important issue of security ?
If left unprotected, your Wi-Fi connection can allow your neighbours broadband for free, even without your knowledge. Besides, the Indian government has made it mandatory that every Wi-Fi network has to be password protected so as to prevent terrorist from using it.
Change Default Administrator Passwords (and Usernames)
Turn on (Compatible) WPA / WEP Encryption
Change the Default SSID
Enable MAC Address Filtering
Disable SSID Broadcast
Do Not Auto-Connect to Open Wi-Fi Networks
Assign Static IP Addresses to Devices
Enable Firewalls On Each Computer and the Router
Position the Router or Access Point Safely
Turn Off the Network During Extended Periods of Non-Use
If you own a wireless router but are only using it wired (Ethernet) connections, you can also sometimes turn off Wi-Fi on a broadband router without powering down the entire network.