Wifi routers enable wireless networking around the home to connect PC’s, video games, media players and mobile phones to internet. Wifi routers generally have a limited range which has limited the use of wifi routers in commercial applications, although wifi routers are commonly used in business for point of sale and inventory management.
By using overlapping wifi routers (also known as hot spots) the range of wireless connection to access LAN (Local Area Networks) can be considerably extended. Wifi technology is useful where cabling is prohibitively expensive or cannot be physically achieved.
Recent developments with wifi router technology mean that long distance wifi use is now possible. Many cities have public hotspots and wifi routers are used in homes and businesses worldwide, a problem for networking with local wifi routers is that they are subject to interference by surrounding objects.
There are now long-range applications, which place the wifi router systems above surrounding obstacles – the range can be up to several kilometers with interconnected wifi routers, enabling communication by mobile phone or people can use video conferencing. Another way to increase the range of wifi routers is to boost the power supply. Range extender amplifiers can boost the power of the wifi router antenna, and the shape of wifi router antennas can also be modified to improve performance.
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Configuring your wifi router used to be a challenge for the non- technically minded, and sometimes a challenge even for those who were! Today there are new wifi routers on the market that will set you up in minutes, using USB keys, so that anyone can now easily set up and enjoy the benefits of wireless technology for computer, entertainment, and games.
It is important to ensure that security functions are in place when using wifi routers for connectivity, they are generally less secure than cables, but using wifi routers means that you can still exert parental control and make your wireless operating system available for guests to use. Wireless networking can now be painlessly achieved, and most internet providers will give assistance freely if difficulties still remain.
Wifi routers need cabling to provide Ethernet coverage but wifi routers will then connect to the internet to enable the wireless system to be set up and operate. Using wireless wifi routers minimizes the use of cables, and makes it easy for families to use and operate a home network system.