Q: What does it mean to "enable the wireless router radio"? A: The wireless radio is the device inside the wireless router that sends out the wireless signal. Turning it on means that you are enabling the router's ability to send out a wireless signal. If you have a wirless router and you don't want to use it for wireless (e.g. you only want WIRED access for now), you can … [Read more...] about What does it mean to “enable the wireless router radio”?
It's great having a wireless network in your house -- but it's annoying to have to login to the network every time. In this article I'll show you how to configure Windows Vista so that your computer (laptop or desktop -- doesn't matter) automatically connects to your wireless network. 1. Go to Start->Control Panel->Network and Sharing Center. 2. In the Task area … [Read more...] about How to Set Vista to Connect to a Wirelss Network Automatically
I've been asked mutiple times in the last month or so about how people can try to figure out what's causing the problem with their wireless internet connections, so I figured I'd take the opportunity to review the proper troubleshooting steps. Generally speaking these steps should work regardless of what cable provider you have, but note that some companies do handle things a … [Read more...] about Troubleshooting your Wireless Internet Connection – A Diagnostic Outline
One of the questions I get asked most often is about the difference between a hub and a switch. While both devices are used to connect computers to each other -- a switch is "more intelligent" than a hub. Let's use a simple example (see Figure 1. below to visualize the network layout). Say you have a server that is connected to 3 computers via a hub or a switch. When … [Read more...] about What is a Hub vs. a Switch?