that high speed internet access is common in homes and businesses, many
people are now investigating ‘Wireless’. Wireless internet access is
the ability to connect to the internet without needing to be plugged in
with a cable to a physical computer network. This gives you the
convenience of using the internet on your laptop from multiple offices &
meeting rooms, or even at home, outside by the pool. To date, wireless
networks are not as fast as physical cable networks, though their speed
is increasing as the technology advances.
‘wireless access point’ creates the wireless network for your computers
to connect to and use the broadband internet that comes into your
premises. Once you have the right wireless equipment, there is no
additional charge for using your own internet connection wirelessly.
What about wireless at airports and cafes?
These wireless networks have been set up by an internet provider. They
provide the access points (or ‘hotspots’) and the internet connection.
You may be charged for this internet access and you are given the
configuration settings to enter into your computer to allow it onto
their network. Some phone companies are now also providing this access
over their cellular networks.
Does my computer have wireless?
Many of today’s new
laptops and some new desktop computers have a wireless capability ‘built
in’. This means you don’t need to buy an extra piece of equipment for
your computer to connect to a wireless network.
there is a network, you computer will technically be able to access it
(with the right configuration settings). You do still need a wireless
network to be in place first – i.e. a wireless access point that is
going to send the internet traffic wirelessly to and from your
computer. If your computer doesn’t have built-in wireless, you can get
a card or USB device that will send and receive the signals from the
Like any computer system, wireless network security is dependant on how
well the network has been configured and how good the ‘hackers’ are.
Wireless equipment can create an un-secure network (usually by default),
which anyone can access with a wireless card or with a built-in wireless
receiver. They also contain well-known default settings and passwords,
which should be changed upon installation. There are many security
settings like encryption and pass phrases that will ‘lock down’ your
network, like locking your car doors. But remember, you are still
accessing the internet, so protection tools like anti-virus software and
anti-spyware software are vital. Wireless networks should also be
monitored for any unauthorised access attempts.
Your Computer Problem Solver consultant can advise how wireless access will benefit
your particular situation. If you already have a wireless network,
consider a security check where we can ensure that all practical steps
have been taken to protect the security of your computers and your
Contact us about
how we can put these
and other tips into action for you.