Wireless laptop connections
Learn about the configuration of wireless laptop connections and equipment required for wireless Internet connectivity
Laptop is a great device as it is a fully functional computer system which is mobile. This means that it can go with you wherever you go. However, if you need to stay connected to your home or office while on the go, you will need a wireless Internet connection. If you choose a wired Internet connection, then the entire purpose of purchasing a laptop is defeated. Here, we will come to know how to make wireless laptop connections, what things need to kept in mind and what hardware devices are needed to do so.
Various issues related to wireless Internet connections in laptops are discussed in the following points:
- Getting an ISP
- Setting up the router
- Using a network card
- Things to keep in mind
Getting an ISP
The first thing you will need to make wireless laptop connections is an ISP or an Internet service provider. You can call your cable or phone company to give you access to the Internet. Try to ask for a high speed connection only and choose a plan which gives you a huge amount of memory for the least possible cost. If you need to do a lot of work on the Internet, then an unlimited plan will be more feasible for you.
Setting up the router
A wireless router will send signals to your laptop, no matter in which corner of your house you are operating it. Once you have installed the router, you will receive an IP address which you will need to type in your web browser. In this way, you will be able to administer your wireless network. You can administer your network in order to use encryption, passwords and tools needed for controlling the use of the network.
Some laptops come with an in-built network card, but if your laptop does not have one, then you can also install it and plug it in your PC card slot. Once you have done this, the laptop will automatically detect for the wireless network or you can manually do that by going to 'Control Panel,' opening the 'Network connections' and clicking on 'Detect wireless networks.' Choose your network and you will start running the Internet on your laptop wirelessly.
The first and most important thing you need to keep in mind is to keep your antivirus definitions updated. Before making connection to a wireless network, do not forget to ensure its authenticity and security and make a connection only if you are sure about its legitimacy. Another thing you need to make sure is that your laptop is current with Windows operating system updates too. If you fail to do this, you will expose your laptop to potentially high risk of Internet threats.
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