|Wireless Networking Tip #1|
|Reduce interference on your wireless network|
Since wireless networks use radio waves to transmit signals, it's possible that typical household electronics your microwave, cordless phone or even the baby monitor can interfere with this signal. Make sure you move your wireless router away from those devices that use the same 2.4GHz frequency range.
Other causes of interference are brick and cinderblock walls, metal doors, metal frames around windows and doors and metal filing cabinets.Take these simple steps to reduce wireless interference:
|Wireless Networking Tip #2|
|Change the channel on your wireless router|
If you are experiencing frequent loss of connections on your wireless network, interference from another network using the same channel is the likely cause. If you and a neighbor both have a wireless network set at channel 6, then you may experience interference. Try changing to a different channel, either 1 or 11.
If your wireless signal is intermittent, then you are most likely experiencing 2.4 GHz interference. Before switching channels, see Networking Tip #1 for easy ways to reduce or eliminate interference.Here are some simple steps to take if you want to try switching channels:
|Wireless Networking Tip #3|
|Improve wireless router signal strength|
Wireless signal strength depends on many environmental factors, such as windows, walls and furniture. Glass does not block the signal. Ideally, place the wireless router in the center of the area you want covered, with as little signal leaking outside the walls as possible.
If your wireless signal is intermittent, then you are most likely experiencing 2.4 GHz interference. Before switching channels, see Networking Tip #1 for easy ways to reduce or eliminate interference.
A high gain antenna can increase the strength of outgoing signals and enhance the reception of incoming signals. This added signal strength and sensitivity not only extends the range of your wireless network, but also improves close-range communications reliability by reducing retransmissions due to weak signal reception errors.
See Networking Tip #1 for easy ways to reduce or eliminate interference.
High gain antenna kits have been developed to help increase the effective range of a Linksys home or small business wireless network. The antenna solutions include a high gain antenna kit for TNC connections (HGA7T) and a high gain antenna kit for SMA connections (HGA7S). Installation of a high gain antenna is easy. Just unscrew the current antenna(s) from your router, access point or bridge and attach the high gain antenna.
|Wireless Networking Tip #4|
|Improve wireless range|
Imagine the freedom to work and play from any room of your home or office, without dead spots. Surf the Web from your den. Play online games in your living room. Or stream digital music from your kitchen. It's all possible when you have more range.
Why does range matter?
Range is the effective coverage area of your wireless network. Range is affected by your home's construction, including windows and walls and other wireless devices such as cordless phones and microwave ovens that may be near the router.
How to increase your range
Explore the Linksys line of range-enhancing products: Wireless-N. Wireless-N offers more range and is faster than standard wireless. It delivers up to four times the range, giving you more flexibility to work or play virtually anywhere in your home or around it: upstairs, downstairs or in the backyard by the pool.
Use the right adapter to get the best network performance
To fully utilize the speed and range of Wireless-N, match your router with the right adapter. To upgrade a desktop PC, consider the Linksys Wireless-N USB adapter, which easily connects to a USB port and doesn't require opening the computer case. For laptops, use the Linksys Wireless-N laptop adapter. Simply insert the laptop adapter into the PC card slot and you're "N-abled!"
|Wireless Networking Tip #5|
|Secure your wireless network|
Because wireless networking works by sending information over radio waves, it can be more vulnerable to intruders. Like signals from your cellular or cordless phones, signals from your wireless network can also be intercepted. Since you can't physically prevent someone from connecting to your wireless network, you need to take additional steps to keep your network secure.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to make your wireless network more secure:
Make your own unique SSID (Service Set Identifier)One of the first things you should do to secure your wireless network is to change the default SSID on your wireless router.
Change the default administrator password and username for your router
The default login and passwords for your router's Web tools are simple and well-known, making them easy for hackers to figure out. Important information such as your network address, account and security settings should only be accessed by you. These settings should be changed when you install the router.
Set up security for your wireless network at the push of a button
Some Linksys routers feature SecureEasySetup (SES). SES utilizes push buttons to automatically set up and secure your wireless network. Push the SES button on your router or access point and your wireless client will automatically set up a unique Wireless Network Name or SSID, and secure your network using Wi-Fi Protected Access security.
For step-by-step instructions on how to change the password and username for your particular router, refer to your manual or download a User Guide at http://www.linksys.com/download.