Posts Tagged ‘wireless network setup’

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 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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