How to go wireless or WIFI
If you already have a broadband connection, then it is easy to go wireless or WIFI, providing you have the right equipment. By the way WIFI is just another name for wireless.
First you will need to purchase a wireless router. You have to ensure you purchase one that works with your connection. In UK, everyone uses one of two connections which is Cable and ADSL. So you wither get a wireless router that is compatible with Cable, or you get one that is compatible with ADSL. Some wireless routers are compatible with both.
As for the router itself, there are lots on the market today. You should purchase a popular model like Netgear, D-link or Linksys, and read the reviews for particular models. Amazon offer a wide range of wireless routers with informative customer reviews.
Now for the kind of router you purchase, to future proof yourself and want a powerful router with great distance capabilities and throughput then you should opt for the wireless 802.11n standard routers, or for simplicity this type of router is called the "wireless n range". If you require a wireless router at home and only require it for internet browsing, then a budget router will be fine. However try not to opt for the cheapest router possible. Do read the reviews and try buy from a reputable vendor or else you may have problems in the future.
Now as for your laptop, does it support wireless (Almost all laptops do nowadays)? You may require a wireless dongle. Or have you opted to purchase a wireless n range router? Then you will need a wireless n dongle to make use of the full power of the wireless n. However you may not need a dongle if your laptop already has built in wireless capabilities or even "n" range capabilities.
When your router and dongle (if needed) arrives then you would need to install and configure it. However it is not as difficult as it used to be. Now vendors have made vast improvements into making installations as simple as possible and provide easy to follow guides with pictures to help with the installation. Wizards within the interface are provided to help you complete the installation.
When the wireless router is installed and configured for wireless use, then you would need to scan for it via your laptop and finally connect.
Having said this most ISP’s provide wireless routers and will set this up for you. This is usually to new customers, but you can give your ISP a call and always ask them for some advise.
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