Articles in Category: Wireless Networking
Primarily WiFi, but including other types of wireless computer networking issues, problems, solutions and technologies.
You hear a lot about wireless internet, but it’s not something you can just connect to anywhere. It’s more often something you purchase and set up.
Wi-Fi has only become more important as more devices and online activities become essential at home. I’ll review some of the things to investigate as you search for better Wi-Fi performance.
When scanning for wireless connections, you may find several that are unknown, yet appear open and available. Using them is very risky.
Free accessible Wi-Fi is almost ubiquitous, and most systems are set up to use it safely. There are a few things to pay attention to in order to stay safe.
If you forget your Wi-Fi password Windows may be able to remind you what it is.
Wi-Fi speed can be slow for many different reasons. Slow Wi-Fi can also be a symptom of speed constraints elsewhere.
Windows tries to be helpful by remembering the Wi-Fi networks you’ve connected to in the past. Sometimes, though, you want it to forget.
Bad Wi-Fi signal strength? A range extender need not be expensive, and can be a handy and flexible solution.
Most Wi-Fi access points and routers easily let you block someone from using your Wi-Fi. I’ll cover the simple steps.
“Limited connectivity” displays when your computer is having problems completing its network configuration. It might as well mean no connectivity.
Mobile broadband is a popular internet connection alternative. As with any connection, it’s important to understand the security ramifications and tradeoffs.
Wi-Fi hotspots make for a convenient connection. To connect, you need proximity, a little hardware, and most important, permission.
Absolutely not. This is a critically important distinction to make, and it’s one I’m afraid many people misunderstand.
Open Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops and other public places are opportunities for hackers. I’ll review how to stay safe.
Wired speeds are almost always faster than wireless. I’ll review why and what you can do. Spoiler: “what you can do” usually involves a cable.
Giving a neighbor temporary internet access seems like a neighborly thing to do. Before you do it, understand the risks of sharing your internet.
A vulnerability has been discovered in a critical wireless security protocol. I’ll discuss whether you should worry and what steps you should take.
Even if you’re nowhere near a network you’ve connected to in the past, you can still recover the Wi-Fi password from Windows.
Accidentally connecting to someone’s nearby wireless network can be a serious security risk. We’ll look at some steps to prevent it.
Adding a wireless access point to extend your network’s range can be confusing. Many routers come with wireless capability, but you only need one router.
Wi-Fi Sense, a new feature in Windows 10, is designed to make connecting to wireless networks easier. You’ll probably want to turn off Wi-Fi Sense for privacy.
Using a password protected WPA2 hotspot is a minor inconvenience for a very significant level of additional security. I’ll explain…
Without the proper security others will be able to access your computer and your files, and even watch what you do online. Fortunately, setting up basic security is easy.
When you are connected to a wireless network, but cannot get to the internet, it’s because an IP address has not been assigned to you. So how do you fix that?
Hotels and other hotspot providers often insist that you agree to some terms of service before you can use their internet. The problem is that insistence can often interfere with the connection.
Unfortunately, network sniffing is a very simple thing to do and it has actually nothing to do with the network discovery option.
OK, I’ll admit it. That was me talking to myself. Again. As you might guess, I have several computers on my home network, and have had this problem of files not being visible for some time. I finally got tired of working around it and set out to find an answer.
This is another of those questions I asked myself. I’m finding myself spending more time in rural Washington state, with more expected. My primary way of staying connected to the internet is my cellular phone’s data plan, but out here on the farm we’re in a fringe area. Coverage is weak, and disconnects are common. … Read more
You’re quite right, Bluetooth is a wireless technology. I actually have mixed feelings about it, because my early experiences with it … well, to be frank, they sucked. But I hear things are getting better.