Home Wireless Networking – The Easy Solution for Homes Which Have More Than One Computer and One Single Internet Connection
In this digital era, the trend of the digital information demand by the members of the family in home increases in line with the growing up of the children. Seeking the information from the internet helps students to work out the school tasks easily. The parents do the online business; join the social networking, shop online in the comfort of the computer table. All are done via the computer with the internet connection in home. Having more than one computer in home is common, but with only one single internet connection dedicated to a single computer is a problem. The easy solution is to build a home wireless networking to share the internet connection wirelessly within the household.
Well, you know nothing about the computer networking, you have no idea what devices you need, so how can you do that? No worries, the manufacturers understand the demand of the people today regarding the home wireless networking. They compete each other to ship their superior products with hassle free installation features even by home users with lack of computer (networking) knowledge.
Identify Your Current Modem
First in foremost, before you purchase the requirements to build your home wireless networking – you need to identify your current modem if it has one or more RJ-45 LAN port. In most cases, the ISP provides you a compact modem which includes one USB port, one RJ-45 LAN port, and a WAN port (either RJ-11 for ADSL or Coaxial port for Cable). Through this RJ-45 LAN port we can share the internet connection (either wired or wireless network) by using the wireless access point (AP) or a wireless router.
Now, the question is which one – the wireless access point or the wireless router? Since the main function both wireless AP and the router in this case is to provide the wireless network, you can use either wireless AP or wireless router. However, as general the wireless access point does not have the firewall function. With the firewall, you can protect your private network against any types of internet threats such as hackers or intruders.
The best choice should be the wireless router since it has all the high performance firewall features including NAT and SPI (stateful packet inspection) and virtual private network (VPN). With VPN you can connect to your private network via public network (internet) securely when you are on the go.
Both the wireless AP and the wireless router have the RJ-45 WAN (input) port. Using the UTP network cable (that comes with the modem), connect the LAN port of the modem in one end to the WAN port of the AP/router in the other end. The following figure is a connection diagram of home wireless networking as general.
After you have completed the connection, the next steps are configuring the wireless AP (or the wireless router) and connecting the wireless clients to the network. For a more detail information about setting up and configuration the router, click here – setting up the wireless router as general.
Using the All-in-one Device
In some cases, the ISP charges you on a monthly basic for the modem rent. If that is the case, consider of purchasing a single all-in-one device. For DSL internet connection, you can use one of the wireless routers with built-in DSL modem such as DSL-2640 by D-Link or DGN-2000 by NETGEAR. This type of DSL wireless router includes all your requirements to build a wireless network in home: DSL modem, firewall/router, and the wireless access point.
The advantage of using this DSL wireless router is the simplicity – the hassle free installation. This is a single device – a single point of failure, but perfect for home usage – simple, high performance, and secure.
For most users, the security concern would be the last think to consider – it is surprising actually. Unlike the wired network which is physically secured, the wireless network is susceptible to the eavesdropping by the unauthorized users within the network coverage. It is therefore, securing the wireless connection is strongly recommended. Check here for complete discussion about how to secure a wireless network.
By: Ki Grinsing