Articles in Category: Wireless Networking

Primarily WiFi, but including other types of wireless computer networking issues, problems, solutions and technologies.

How Do I Use an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot Safely?

How Do I Use an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot Safely?

Open Wi-Fi hotspots at coffee shops, airports, and other public places are opportunities for hackers to steal information and more. I’ll review how to stay safe.

Network Boundary

Is it Safe to Share My Internet Connection with My Neighbor?

Giving a neighbor temporary internet access seems like a neighborly thing to do. Before you do it, understand the risks of sharing your internet.

Caution: Wi-Fi Ahead

Is Mobile Broadband More Secure than Wi-Fi?

Mobile broadband is a popular internet connection alternative. As with any connection, it’s important to understand the security ramifications and tradeoffs.

Caution: Wi-Fi Ahead

Is it OK to Use this Random Wireless Network I Just Found?

When scanning for wireless connections, you may find several that are unknown, yet appear open and available. Using them is risky. Very risky.

Wireless Connection

Does a Login Page on an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot Mean it’s a Secure Connection?

If you connect without a password to an open Wi-Fi hotspot and can see anything at all, it’s not a secure connection.

Krackattacks

What the “KRACK attacks” mean to you

A vulnerability has been discovered in a critical wireless security protocol. I’ll discuss whether you should worry and what steps you should take.

Wireless Security Key

How Do I Recover a Wi-Fi Password When I’m Not Connected?

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.

Recover a Remembered Wi-Fi Password

If you forget your network’s Wi-Fi password, but you’re still connected, Windows can remind you what it is.

Manage Known Networks

How Do I Block Neighboring Wireless Networks?

Accidentally connecting to someone’s nearby wireless network can be a serious security risk. We’ll look at some steps to prevent it.

Router and Separate Access Point

Extending Your Network With A Wireless Access Point

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.

Windows 10 Wi-Fi Sense

How do I turn off Wi-Fi Sense (and what is it?)

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.

Today's Password

Does Having a Publicly Visible Wi-Fi Password Add Security Compared to an Open Wi-Fi Hotspot?

Using a password protected WPA2 hotspot is a minor inconvenience for a very significant level of additional security. I’ll explain…

I’m Using Someone Else’s Internet Connection – Am I at Risk?

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.

WiFi at the Coffee Shop

Why am I getting limited connectivity at my local open wifi hotspot?

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?

Wireless

Why can’t I connect to my hotel’s wireless network?

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.

How Do I Get Wireless Internet?

You hear a lot about the wireless internet, but it’s not something you can just connect to anywhere. It’s more often something you purchase and set up.

What is “Limited Connectivity” and how do I fix it?

“Limited Connectivity” displays when your computer is having problems completing its network configuration. It might as well mean “no connectivity”.

Wireless

How Do I Connect My Desktop to the Nearby Wireless Internet WiFi Hotspot?

Wireless internet in WiFi hotspots makes for a convenient connection. To connect to the wireless internet, you need proximity, a little hardware, and permission.