Raise your hand if you’ve got seemingly endless amounts of gadgets strewn across your house. If you’re anything like me then there’s a mass of wires which accompany your nifty, shiny gadgets. Thankfully, our friends at the companies who design our lovable toys are incorporating wireless technology into more and more devices.
If you’ve got a wireless modem or router (such as a BoB2TM or BoB LiteTM modem), then it’s time to rid yourself of some cables and connect your house wirelessly. I recently sat down with the April McCarrey from the BoBsquadTM to help you on your wireless way.
April, tell us what can be wirelessly connected these days
Where do I begin? Obviously, if your main home computer or laptop has a wireless network card, then they can be connected to your wireless-enabled modem. The past few years have seen a huge rise in the amount of gadgets that can be wirelessly connected. Smartphones, tablets (such as an iPad), gaming consoles and printers can all be wirelessly connected to your network. But it doesn’t stop there as we’re seeing more and more televisions and DVD players with wireless connectivity.
Why connect wirelessly?
Wireless connections are preferable for customers for a number of reasons. Firstly, a wireless connection is cheaper. You don’t want to have to pay an electrician to come in and drill through walls in order for you to be able to use your laptop downstairs on the couch while you watch the footy. You also don’t want to have to step over or around cables which run everywhere, which can be troublesome especially for customers in multi-storied homes.
How many devices can customers connect wirelessly at a time?
Lots and lots! You can actually have something along the lines of 200 or so devices connected to your wireless network if you wanted to. If you are connecting a number of devices then be sure to remember that each device is sharing the same network, so browsing speeds will drop to accommodate all devices.
How far away from their modems can customers operate their gadgets?
There’s not really a definitive answer for that. There are a few deciding factors such as the amount of walls the wireless signal needs to travel through to reach the device; as well as the capabilities of the modem and device itself.
Do customers need to worry about security when setting up their wireless network?
It always pays to be careful when setting up a wireless network, so be sure to give yourself a password which you know will be difficult or impossible for nearby gadget users to guess. Don’t just use your dog’s name as your password – try a combination of lower and upper-case letters and throw in some numbers as well.
How will people know which wireless network is theirs?
It helps to give your network a name you’ll recognise. That doesn’t mean you have to name your network “Jack and Jill’s Internet Connection” if don’t want to, but giving your network a distinctive name will help you recognise the correct one, especially if your device is picking up a number of nearby networks.
How can people connect to their wireless networks?
With so many different gadgets able to connect wirelessly, there’s an equal amount of different ways in which these devices need to be connected. Our best advice is to consult your instruction manuals for tips to help you get connected. If this proves to be your downfall, you can always head over to the BoBsquadTM homepage and book yourself a visit to have one of our agents come to your home and connect your wireless gadgets for you.