What You Should Know Before Buying Wi-Fi Gadgets

What You Should Know Before Buying Wi-Fi Gadgets

Your Local Area Network consists of a wi-fi connection, a wi-fi router, a wi-fi terminal, the wi-fi repeater, not to mention Bluetooth. What would happen to your ultra-modern gadgets without all these connections?

This post will explain how to surf the local area network with a wi-fi connection and how the wi-fi router can be the heart of your local area network to connect almost all your gadgets. We will return to the wi-fi terminal, wi-fi repeater, and Bluetooth in more detail in our subsequent publications. 

Let’s delay no further…

Wi-fi connection: surf in local network thanks to wi-fi connection

Wi-fi connection: how to use/benefit from it?

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In addition to the mobile network, you can access the Internet from your cell phone thanks to a wi-fi connection.

To access a wi-fi connection from your cell phone, you need:

– a cell phone equipped with a wi-fi card: smartphone or multimedia phone;

– wi-fi access:

◦ internet connection at your home with a wi-fi router;

◦ a wi-fi terminal with free or paid access (restaurants, shopping centers, airports, etc.).

– Activate the wi-fi function of your phone:

◦ Settings → Wireless & Networks → wi-fi Settings → Enable wi-fi by checking the corresponding box;

◦ if you connect to a wi-fi router: select the network and enter the connection security key (WAP or WEP);

◦ if you connect to a wi-fi terminal: launch your browser and follow the connection instructions.

Advantages and disadvantages of the wi-fi connection

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Connecting to wi-fi from your cell phone has advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages:

– you don’t need to subscribe to a mobile package with an Internet offer;

– the speed offered by wi-fi is higher than 4G.

Disadvantages:

– the range of the wi-fi signal is limited: if you are too far from the router or the wi-fi terminal, you will have a limited or no connection;

– you can only connect in places that offer a wi-fi connection;

– some wi-fi hotspots are subject to a fee or conditions.

wi-fi router: the heart of your local network is the wi-fi router

To connect your various gadgets to wi-fi, you just need a wi-fi router. It allows you to share your wi-fi connection between your cell phone and your computer, but also your various multimedia equipment.

What is a wi-fi router?

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Internet connection sharing

wi-fi router is a device that allows sharing of a wi-fi connection between several devices.

All ADSL boxes on the market now have a wi-fi router function. This way, you don’t have any specific configuration: you connect your ADSL box, then connect your different devices in wi-fi.

This way, all your devices are connected to the Internet but can also be connected to each other:

– computer;

– cell phone;

– touch tablet;

– printer;

– television, etc.

For your gadgets to be connected, they just need to be equipped with a wi-fi function.

Internet connection amplification

It is also possible to equip yourself with a wi-fi router to amplify your network. It is then a router independent of your ADSL box.

This type of router is particularly interesting if your wi-fi connection is unstable or weak throughout your home due to:

– thick walls;

– several floors.

Good to know: A router for wi-fi signal amplification costs between $35 and $200. Or you can turn an old router into a wi-fi extender.

How does a wi-fi router work?

A wi-fi router allows to share a wi-fi connection between several devices:

– it is connected to the ADSL line;

– it transmits the wi-fi signal to the different connected devices.

wi-fi router: different standards

There are different wi-fi standards for both the router and the connected devices. The data transfer rate varies according to the type of standard:

wi-fi standard

Theoretical maximum speed

802.11a

54 Mbit/s

802.11b

11 Mbit/s

802.11g

54 Mbit/s

802.11n

300 Mbit/s

802.11ac

1,3 Gbit/s