March 11, 2005
Dear CNET members,
Do you know how to flip through your TV channels without using the remote? Or how many of you have walked past your TV a dozen times looking for the remote to turn it on, when you actually could've just flipped it on right there? I know I have. This just goes to show how using the TV remote is taken for granted. Well, that's the direction I see Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) heading. With the price of Wi-Fi equipment dropping and its popularity gaining, it will one day be like the TV remote--such an integral part of our lives that we'll soon forget that we were ever tethered to one place. So if you've been kicking around the idea of putting a wireless network in your home or office or are just curious what Wi-Fi is all about, check this week's two winning answers by Joe and Dana, who have both done an amazing job of guiding us on getting a wireless network going. And as always, check out our honorable mentions and other submissions from members who have additional great insights on this process. If you have more advice or questions, join us in this week's discussion. Thanks, all!
Member Question of the WeekI'd like to setup a wireless network connection for my home PCs (two desktops and two notebooks), all using Windows XP to share a single Internet ADSL broadband account. How should I start? What kind of hardware do I need (ADSL modem, router, switch, wireless card)? What kind of security measures should I take? Can I limit the usage of this wireless network within a certain range of IPs? Would there be any conflicts if the notebooks were to pick up on other wireless networks? Thanks
Submitted by: P. Low from Penang, MalaysiaAnswer by Joe: In the modern day, setting up a wireless network is easy, and so is limiting its use, as long as you set it up properly. A well -set-up wireless network is virtually impossible to hack (and in most cases not worth the effort, unless it's for a government installation or...
Answer by Dana: Setting up a wireless network can be a relatively simple task if all goes well. Just to give you an idea, I have on many occasions, been able to set up a complete wireless network, similar to the one you described, in less than an hour. Having said that, I have also...
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