With most of us now choosing to enjoy the power and convenience of wireless and mobile networks, it’s little wonder that homes are fast becoming cable-less as we all adopt this new technology.What’s more, lot of households now have way more than one computing device, thanks to laptops, netbooks tablets and smartphones. Tying them all together though is the home network, which can join up the dots between all of your gadgets and gizmos.
The Way Forward
Setting up a home network couldn’t be easier thanks to a variety of methods that can have you connected, no matter what device you’re using. Of course, the first stop is to get yourself a broadband internet supply from a chosen provider. Next up, you’ll ideally want to invest in a wireless router. Some of these come with the broadband deal that you’ve selected and configuring them is usually pretty easy.
The great thing about going down this route is that you can avoid the cables that comes with going down the more traditional avenue of using network working to hook machines tougher. If you prefer the old style way of working then this is still perfectly feasible and may in fact result in quicker transfer speeds because wireless connections can suffer from interference even around the home on a small network.
To go down the cable route then you’ll have to install network cards on your computers, if they don’t already have them and hook up a hub to make the connection. With that stuff in place you will then be free to add on extra machines as and when you need them. Of course, the only drawback is that many households now use tablets and smartphones, which invariably don’t have network ports, so this might not be a realistic option in many cases.
The third way of connecting your gadgets on a home network is one that calls upon the mobile broadband world in order to work. Try experimenting with a MiFi if you have several connected devices and want to use them all for surfing the web, checking emails and suchlike. The MiFi device is a little like a wireless router in some respect, but also shares characteristics of the mobile broadband dongle.
The big difference with the MiFi is that it can be used to share out a mobile broadband signal from one account with up to five other authorised users. This can be a great way of giving your family, friends or work colleagues access to the internet, although bear in mind that data allowances get divvied up between the users. In that respect, you’ll have to monitor usage to check that people aren’t downloading too much content and thereby pushing you over your allocated allowance. Nevertheless, going down this route can provide you with a fuss-free and cable-less option to explore if you don’t fancy either of the other avenues we mentioned earlier.
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