Way To Connect A Wireless Network Through Any Device
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Way to Connect A Wireless Network Through Any Device

Laptop, tablets, smartphones and other types of consumer devices support wireless connections. Wireless has become the most preferred type of computer networking due to its convenience and portability. Three types of wireless network connections are peer to peer, hotspot and home router- each one of them have their set up and management considerations.

If you know the basics of wireless network connections then joining a wireless is easy. However, you have to follow special considerations depending on the type of device you are using.

Microsoft Windows PCs

For joining wireless networks on Windows, navigate to the Windows Network and Sharing center. A small network icon on right of the Windows taskbar can be used for opening this window otherwise you can access it from Windows Control Panel. Windows supports setting up of network profiles that allow the operating system to remember the network configuration parameters so that the network can be automatically detected and rejoined if desired. PCs will not be able to join networks if their wireless drivers are out of date. Check driver upgrades in Microsoft Windows Update utility. You can easily install driver updates through Windows Device Manager.

Apple Macs

Like Windows, the Mac’s wireless network configuration windows can be opened from two places, either the Network icon on the System Preference page or the Airport network in the main menu bar.

The Mac operating system is able to remember recently joined networks and by default tries to connect with them. It allows user to control the order in which these connection are made. To stop Macs from joining undesirable networks, set “Ask before joining an Open Network” option present in Network Preferences.

Tablets and Smartphones

Almost all Smartphones and tablets have built in cellular network capability and local area wireless technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. These devices connect to the cell services when they are switched on.

They can be configured to join and use Wi-Fi networks simultaneously, using Wi-Fi as the preferred option for data transfer and using the cellular link if necessary.

Apple phones and tablets control wireless connection by using Settings app. By selecting the Wi-Fi section of the Settings windows triggers the devices for scanning of the nearby networks and shows them in the list under “Choose a Network” heading. After joining a network, a checkmark appears next to the network’s list entry.

Android phones and tablets have a wireless and network setting that controls Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and cell settings. Third party Android apps are also available to manage these networks.

Printers and Televisions

Wireless network printers can be configured for using in home and office networks as same as other devices. Most of the wireless printers have a small LCD screen that show menus for selecting Wi-Fi connection options and buttons for entering network passphrases.

Televisions are increasingly being used to join wireless networks. Some of them require plugging a wireless USB network adapter into the TV, while others have already integrated Wi-Fi communication chips. On screen menu then enable setting up a local Wi-Fi network configuration. Inspite of connecting TVs to a home network, homeowners can configure bridge devices like DVRs to join the network through Wi-Fi and transmit video to the TV via cable.

Other Consumer devices

Game consoles such as Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony Play station have their own onscreen menu system for configuring and joining Wi-Fi networks. New versions of these consoles have built in Wi-Fi, whereas older versions require setting of an external wireless network adapter plugged into a USB or Ethernet Port.

Wireless home automation and wireless home audio system hardly create proprietary wireless local network within the home network. These set up use a gateway device that connects to the home network router via cable and joins all of the clients to the network via proprietary network protocols.


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