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Installing a Wireless Network Adapter

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Today’s computers are usually built with a Wireless Network Adapter (WNA) that gives the device the capability to connect to a network wirelessly. However, for a computer that is being built from scratch, a WNA is usually purchased separately and installed into the computer manually.

For a computer that has been bought off the shelf, the following steps would determine if a WNA has already been installed into the system:

1) Click Start > “Control Panel” > “Network and Internet Connections.”

2) Click on “Network Connections” under the Control Panel icon.

3) In Windows XP, all the network adapters are listed on the Network Connections window of which the Wireless Network adapters are labelled as “Wireless Network Connection.”

Under “Wireless Network Connection,” If an installed adapter shows a red X, then it is not connected. If the Network Connections window is blank, then the purchased computer does not have a WNA installed.

Without such a device, the user would not be able to set up or connect to a network such as the internet wirelessly. This would mean that WNA would need to be installed manually

In the case of a device such as a laptop, turning on the wireless switch on the side, back, or front can be the solution to enabling Wi-fi connection if a wireless network adapter is built in.

There are three ways a WNA can be installed into the computer. These are through the USB port; through a Card bus; and internally through a slot located on the mother- board in the computer. Two of these methods, namely the USB port and Card bus, can only be applied to a portable device such as a laptop; while the motherboard slot method and USB port are mostly associated with the desktop computer. The following describes the steps to take for all three methods.

Secure your wireless network solution

Friday, November 6th, 2015

As for every aspect of life people want best security to protect their belongings, same thing applies for computers also. Day by day new things are emerging in computer application according to changing web trend and this changing trend has developed the wireless network solution for easy computer applications. Along with number of benefits wireless network also brings few loop holes where security is the major concerning area.

It is very difficult to detect digital hiking and it is also difficult to prevent unauthorized access of wireless network solution whether for personal and professional use. Hackers don’t look for personal revenge here; they are only searching unsecure WI FI connections to utilize for their own means. When the hacker utilizes your wireless connection for downloading programs then you will face the decrease internet speed for your utilization. For fastest internet accessibility you have to secure your wireless connection. So here we are discussing few points make our wireless network solution hacker proof.

At first you have to figure out your gate way IP address. In your command prompt type ‘ipconfig’ without quotations then enter to be listed on ‘Default Gateway’. Open your internet browser and type your IP address exactly how it is written in address bar and then press enter. It will help you to enter into your login page for your router. Set your login ID and password.

At second step change your default password and login ID. Put difficult pass words; don’t give just name or your birth date. Use both letters and numeric words for better protections or else someone gains access then can easily crack your password and it according to their liking.

At third step change your SSID, which is used as the name of your wireless network solution. If your SSID has set as default manufacturer ID then it can easily open by the hackers and they can even change your router’s settings. So change your SSID as soon as possible.

when you are searching for open networks at that time your the names of open networks will easily shown on devices, so if you disable your broadcasting of SSID then other people won’t be able to see your existing network and you can see it by manually.

Install WPA2 encryption, because it is more secure than WPA and WEP.

Change your network password or Pre-shared key of your wireless network solution. Your Pre-shared key set up will be difficult for the hacker to crack. Use both uppercase and lowercase letters to make impossible for the hacker to crack. Even you can change your passwords with in every month gap for more security.

At seventh step enable your MAC Address Authentication. Every device has different MAC Address which can identify as an individual on a network. MAC Address Authentication prohibits the outside device connections to your wireless network solution. Make sure when you enter the MAC Address into the access list that you do it in the format required by the router, where you have to change all hyphens into colons. This step is required for all computers connecting for your wireless network solution.