Posts Tagged ‘Wireless Network Repair’

October 15th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Rockville Maryland (MD) Wireless Network Adapters

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Rockville Maryland (MD) Wireless Network Adapters – Choosing The Right Wireless Network Adapter, Rockville Maryland (MD)

Now that you have your wireless network installed, you will want to make sure that you can use all of your computers, laptops, PDA’s and other devices wirelessly.  Having a wireless network will allow you have all of your computers and other devices connected at the same time which will give you flexibility to use them throughout the house.  Some of your devices may not already have wireless capability; therefore you will need to look in to wireless (Wi-Fi) network adapters.  Geek ABC is here to help you decide what network adapters you might need and how to install them.  We can be reached via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home network and computer support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

Whether your wireless adapters are PCMCIA, PCI, USB, or Bluetooth, they give you the capability to connect to the Internet just about anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network.  If you have your (Wi-Fi) wireless network set up at home, you can move your computers or other devices from room-to-room for access to the Internet.  You can also use them in places such as hotels, airports, café’s, and even on some airlines that provide in-flight Wi-Fi.  There are also wireless adapters that support Evolution Data Only (EVDO) and they allow you to receive a broadband signal through your cell phone provides 3G network.  This may be a bit slower but it will give you online access anywhere cell coverage is available.

Popular brands of wireless network adapters are D-Link, NetGear, Cisco Linksys, Belkin, EnGenius, Hawking, Hitachi, Microsoft, Nyko, and Xsense Connectivity.

Desktop computers (PCs) are equipped with PCI card slots.  The PCI wireless card is designed specifically to fit in to the motherboard of your desktop computer.  This will provide your desktop PC with Wi-Fi capability.

Designed to work with laptops, PCMCIA adapter or cards give your laptop Wi-Fi capability.  Some laptops have pre-installed network cards, others do not and not all laptops are equipped with PCMCIA card slots; therefore you may have to look in to a USB adapter.

USB wireless adapters can be used for laptops as well as desktop computers.  It is a simple way to upgrade or add wireless connectivity.

Bluetooth technology is one of the latest additions to the family of wireless networks.  If you device supports Bluetooth is very easy to use and can be extremely helpful, not to mention fun.   This is something that I will get in to further in my next blog.

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October 14th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Silver Spring Maryland (MD) Wireless Network Adapters

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Silver Spring Maryland (MD) Wireless (WiFi) Network Adapters – The Use Of Wireless (WiFi) Network Adapters, Silver Spring Maryland (MD)

Wireless (WiFi) network adapters give you the ability to connect your desktop computers, HDTVs, gaming consoles, blu-ray players, TiVo and much more to your existing home wireless network.

There are three basic types of wireless network adapters:

1.       Wireless Adapter Cards for your Desktop PC

2.       USB adapters for laptops and certain gaming systems

3.       Ethernet adapters for gaming console’s, Blu-ray players and HDTV’s

Wireless adapter cards are used for desktop computer’s (PC’s).   If you desktop computer doesn’t already have a wireless card built in, you can get an adapter card that allows you to connect to your wireless network, therefore eliminating all the wiring needed to connect directly to your modem and router.  If you computer does have a wireless card but it works with an older protocol than your router, you may need to add a wireless adapter card to be able to connect to your wireless network.

Wireless USB adapters are primarily used for gaming systems and laptops that don’t have built in wireless cards.  They can also be used for desktops but I suggest the adapter card if you are trying to connect your desktop to your wireless network.  Most laptops come with a built in WiFi card but due to the ever-changing standards ,from one protocol to a newer and faster protocol, older wireless cards that only support the older protocol will not work with a router that supports a newer protocol.  This issue can be solved by using a wireless adapter.

Ethernet adapters are primarily used for gaming consoles such as Xbox or for blu-ray players that don’t have a built in wireless card.  They also work well for connecting you desktop pc to your wireless network.  Ethernet adapters usually come with two parts, both have to be plugged in to an electrical socket and one will connect to your router via Ethernet cable and the other to your device via Ethernet cable.

If you currently have a wireless network set up and need help connecting your wireless accessories, Geek ABC is here to help, you can reach us via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  Our computer geeks are also here to help if you don’t already have a wireless network set up or need help with your current network.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home computer and network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

In my next blog I will talk more about the differences between the wireless network adapters, how to choose which one will work best for you and which ones to consider buying.


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October 12th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers

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Springfield Virginia (VA) Home Network Wireless Routers – Choosing A Router For A Wireless Home Network, Springfield Virginia (VA)

The three routers that come to mind when setting up a wireless home network are:

1.       Cisco Linksys

2.       D-link

3.       Netgear

These are the three most trustworthy routers that aren’t too expensive and will cover all of your network needs.  They all range from approximately $30.00 to $100.00 for your basic wireless home network.  If you get a router through your cable company, when you set up a wireless network, most likely it will be a Cisco Linksys router.  If you decide to get a router and set up your network on your own, D-Link and Netgear are of similar quality and offer the same features and security options at a cheaper price.  The three models that I recommend for beginner home network users to look at are the D-Link Wireless-N 150, Netgear Rangemax N150, and Cisco Linksys E1000.  These three routers are close in price and offer easy-to-use security options. The security of your wireless network is very important but easy to achieve.  Many routers have built in firewalls and you can consult your router’s configurations page to help you set a password.  There are many other brands of wireless routers out there, that work just as well, such as Belkin, Buffalo, EnGenius, Zonet, Hawking, Tenda, and Trendnet.

The D-Link Wireless-N 150 – In addition to WEP this router supports the latest in wireless security, WPA/WPA2, to keep pesky neighbors from gaining unauthorized access of your internet, from hackers accessing your information, and attacks from potential viruses.  The support for WPA/WPA2 ensures that your data has the best possible encryption.  The N 150 model also has a WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) push button feature that helps you activate and set up your network security functions with ease and it also uses dual active firewalls, SPI and NAT, to block potential virus threats and attacks.  You also have the ability to set up parental controls to deny access to specific websites.

The Netgear Rangemax N150 offers “Push ‘N Connect” technology for WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) easy setup and installation.  It supports WEP as well as the latest encryption WPA/WPA2.  It also has double firewall protection (SPT and NAT), as well al Denial-of-service (DoS)attack prevention.  It gives you the ability to set up a guest network with restricted access ensuring your privacy and security.  You can also block certain websites with the parental controls to provide safer internet experience for your children.

The Cisco Linksys E1000 comes with simple easy-to-use software for setting up and customizing your router and its security features with advanced features that allow you to customize your router.  It also supports WEP as well as WPA/WPA2.  The E1000 comes with parental controls that allow you to block specific websites as well as restrict internet access during certain hours.  It also gives you the option to set up a separate, password-protected guest network to allow your visitors access to your internet without having access to your computers.

All three of these routers are easy to you and will give you and your data the protection it needs.  You should always refer to your router’s manual and other documentation before setting up your home network.  This will ensure that you are installing it properly and that you are utilizing the security features available.  If you have any further questions or need help setting up your wireless home network and router, Geek ABC is here to fulfill your specific needs.  We be reached via our website geekabc.com or you can give us a call @ 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We provide same day, mobile, onsite network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.

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October 7th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Fairfax Virginia (VA) Wireless Network & Router Encryption

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Fairfax Virginia (VA) Wireless Network & Router Encryption – Wireless Network & Router Encryption For Home & Small Business Users

Just about everywhere you go, today, there seems to be a Wi-Fi connection that you can hop on, if you wanted to.  Public places such as coffee shops, cafés, hotels, libraries, and college campuses, for the most part, have a Wi-Fi connection that you can use if you are a guest, customer, or student.  But these aren’t the only places you will find Wi-Fi, most home users, these days, have a wireless network set up with Wi-Fi so that they can use their computers in every part of the house or to wirelessly connect other electronics such as printers, PDA phones, gaming consoles (Wii, Xbox, PlayStation), netbooks, iPods, iPads, and other Bluetooth/Wi-Fi devices.

When you have a wireless home network set up, the users need to be aware of the possible dangers that exist.  Without proper encryption you may face situations like hackers attempting to steal your personal information, as well as possible, virus, malware, and/or spyware intrusions.  It is extremely important to have your router properly encrypted and to be aware of the encryption standard/method that is being used.  Current routers on the market today offer at least two forms of encryption, WEP and WPA/WPA2.

When you set up your wireless network it is important to make sure that your connection is secured and show’s as “locked”.  This will keep out nosy neighbors or random hackers from accessing your internet connection with out your permission.  For the most part people are just looking for a free connection but there are hackers out there who are looking for unsecured networks that the can get in to for the purpose of stealing information.

I plan to go into further detail about WEP and WPA/WPA2 encryption in a future blog.  What they mean, what the differences are, and which one might work best for you.

If you have questions or concerns about your wireless network or need help securing your current network, Geek ABC is here to help, you can reach us via our website, www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) to schedule an appointment.  We can also help you set up a new wireless network if you don’t already have one.  We provide same day, mobile, in-home network support and repair services for residential and business customers in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.


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September 29th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Computer Tips and Help, In-Home Computer Repair, Wireless Network Setup and Repair

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Wireless Network Set up and Configuration – Wireless Network Setup and Configuration for Gaming Consoles

These days they sky is the limit as far as gaming goes.  There are few family households without a Wii, Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, and if they are connecting them via the internet, the possibilities are endless.  Any three of these consoles can be set up wirelessly, given that you have a working wireless network connection

Connecting your gaming console to the internet gives you options such as playing multiplayer games online with others around the world, viewing youtube videos, watching Netflix movies, and surfing the internet.

All 3 gaming consoles can connect to the internet by using their built in Wi-Fi for wireless connections.  If you don’t already have a high speed wireless network set up, I suggest that you get one.  The instructions for setting up your console shouldn’t be too difficult but if you run in to problems, Geek ABC is here to help.

And, if you don’t already have one and are ready to set up a wireless network in your home or are you having issues with your current wireless network and need help with connecting your Wii, Playstation or Xbox?  Call us here at Geek ABC to get it done quickly and reliably. Our qualified, experienced technicians will help you connect your router and configure the firmware to communicate with your ISP as well and your computers and gaming consoles, we will test each of your devices to make sure they are compatible and running properly and we will help you with your network security and encrypt your network so that your prying neighbors and other unwelcome hackers can’t get in.  We offer same day, in-home, onsite computer service and repair such as virus removal, and data backup, transfer and recovery in the local Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washington DC area in cities such as Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, McLean, Great Falls, Oakton, Springfield, Vienna, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Rockville, Olney, Potomac, Chevy Chase.


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August 24th, 2010 by admin | No Comments | Filed in Wireless Network Setup and Repair

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Wireless Network Setup and Repair – Wireless Router Setup and Repair Virginia (VA), Maryland (MD) and Washinton DC.  Trying to set up a Wireless Network on your own can be a real hassle.

Ready to set up a wireless network in your home or are you having issues with your current wireless network and need repair?  Call us here at Geek ABC to get it done quickly and reliably.  We offer same day service in many of the local areas of Virginia (Vienna, Centreville, Merrifield, Bailey’s Crossroads, Franconia, Oakton, etc.), Maryland (Clinton, Greenbelt , Largo, Beverly Farms, Glen Echo, Hyattsville, etc.) and DC (Georgetown, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Capital Hill, etc.).  Our qualified technicians will help you connect your router and configure the firmware to communicate with your ISP as well and your computers, we will test each of your devices to make sure they are compatible and running properly and we will help you secure and encrypt your network so that your nosy neighbors and other unwelcome hackers can’t get in.


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