Information Technology-Wireless Networks

Compared to companies, either small or large, a home does not require many resources when installing a wireless network. However, when one has more than one computer at home, he quickly discovers the hassle it is when it comes to sharing resources such as printers. At the same time, one becomes tired of moving up and down the house to either print or connects to the internet. This concept raises questions about installing a wireless networks at home. Installing a wireless network at home is not has hard has installing a wireless network in a company. There are three steps required to install wireless network at home. These are:
1. Identifying Wireless LAN (WLAN) design that is suitable for one`s home.
2. Choosing the best wireless gear.
3. Installation of the gear and testing the WLAN configuration.
Identifying the best design is essential since not all designs are good for a home network. A design might seem appropriate, but in reality it is sophisticated and may require a lot of resources. Below is a diagram showing the best WLAN design for a home.
Example of a home wireless network (Mangal and Omar, 2009)
The above diagram shows a home wireless design that uses Wi-Fi technology and a central station. Not that, the network has a central control station which connects all the other devices. Because a home will not require sophisticated technology, it needs to conform to 802.11 standards. Other concepts to think about are the WEP and Wardriving. These two are essential to keep intruders off the network. There are five types of wireless network equipment that needs to be installed at home. These are:
oo Network adapter sometimes referred to as a Interface Card (NIC) USB adapter can be used for desktops
oo Router (Cisco Valet router)
oo Antenna (to improve the reception of internet)
oo Signal booster (to increase the strength of a base station transmitter)
oo Access points (comprised of computers and laptops): acts as a control point
Antenna and signal booster are optional in some cases, but most homes will always include them when they need faster internet connection. When considering the best services, if money is not an issue, then Netgear R6300 or Asus RT-AC66U are the best since they offer the latest and superfast 802.11ac, which is also referred to as 5G Wi-Fi support (Mangal and Omar, 2009). However, if under a budget, then the best service will be Asus-RT56U, which is a dual-band N600 route pack. Also, D-Link DIR-605L can be an option (Mangal and Omar, 2009).
References
Mangal, M. & Omar, N. (2009, 11 10). Picking the right technologies for your home network design. Retrieved from Embedded: http://www.embedded.com/design/connectivity/4008833/Picking-the-right-technologies-for-your-home-network-design

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