Wi-Fi is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance used to distinguish products that are based on the IEEE 802.11 standards.
This certification allows interconnectivity between various wireless devices. The term is popularly used as the equivalent of IEEE 802.11-wireless LAN (WLAN).
It is this accorded definition of Wi-Fi that is mostly applied in general usage. Some devices capable of wireless connectivity do not have Wi-Fi certification and subsequently do not have the Wi-Fi logo.
However, they are still functional. Wi-Fi is primarily used in computers, laptops, gaming consoles, printers, smartphones, and other peripheral devices. Wi-Fi offers greater convenience and allows multiple devices to connect to a single network. This is extremely advantageous to homes and offices as it reduces the amount of cable run from a networking device, most commonly a router. The user does not have to be directly beside the network source to access it.
This is a great advantage for laptop users especially, those who gain the added convenience of being as mobile as needed. It allows users on the network to comfortably choose any room or area within the range of connectivity. Using Wi-Fi is an uncomplicated process that requires only a few steps to initialize a connection for personal use.
Things you will need
- Device for Connection: Laptop, Computer, Smartphone etc.
- Primary Computer
- The device that is being used that has Wi-Fi will automatically attempt to find an unsecured network for an internet connection. If it successfully finds a network an option to save the network will appear click this option if you intend to use this network in the future. Once this has been confirmed you are officially ready to browse the web. If you are having problems detecting a network you are possibly too far from the source. Make adjustments to your present position. If the network is secured then a password will have to be accessed from the owner if you are not the owner of the networking device; or router. Once the password has been entered save the network for future use, you are now able to use the internet.
- Another problem can occur if SID transmission is disabled. This does not allow the Wi-Fi signal to be picked up by other users. If the name of the network is known choose the manual connect option to connect to the network and use the internet as so desired.
- Sometimes a user may place a web encryption key on the router to deny access. As with the password, this too will have to be retrieved from the owner to establish a viable connection.
- If you are using your router for at-home purposes. Install and configure the router to your specifications. To ensure your system is safe do not leave the network unsecured, use an encryption key or password to limit access to known users.
- If you suddenly lose connectivity while using the wireless connection, you may switch the wireless card off and then on to restore the connection. The wireless card usually has a switch to activate or deactivate the wireless connection. If this does not work the problem may be caused by the actual internet source, wait until the connection is re-established to continue using the network.
Do’s and Dont’s
- To allow faster connection configure the router to allow faster internet connection.
- Always secure your network to avoid the passage of information and internet connectivity to unknown users.
- Adjust the settings on the router so that only the internet connection is shared in your network. The router can be configured to share all or some of the files on a computer, never activate this option unless extremely necessary.