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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

WiFi Basics

Download, print, surf the web and moreā€”the digital world is better when you cut the cord

Next, you'll configure your router and enable password-protected security. You don't have to enable security, but remember that this is a wireless connection, allowing potentially anyone within range of your network to view, change or otherwise tamper with your personal data, so you're strongly encouraged to create a network password.

To configure your router, you'll need a computer that's also ready to go wireless or an accessory to add this feature. Manufacturers have made the process fairly easy, with setup wizards to walk you through the process. Once you've completed this initial configuration, you'll be able to automatically connect to the network whenever you're in range.

WiFi At Home
Now that you're connected, you have all the benefits of a traditional network. In addition to Internet access, you can share files with other computers in your home. There also is an increasing number of peripherals, including cameras and printers, that have built-in WiFi. This allows you to stash your printer someplace out of sight, or to make prints from anywhere in the house.

Cameras with WiFi technology are a relatively new beast. The feature was first introduced in the professional Nikon D2H D-SLR as an option. It was originally intended for the likes of sports photographers, who could wirelessly send images from the field to a laptop elsewhere in the stadium, and from there relay the images back to the home office for immediate use.




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