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Being able to access the Internet from anywhere is a great advancement in technology. Many stores and restaurants now offer free wireless access to customers, as well as some public spots such as libraries and parks. Most Smartphones can now use wireless Internet instead of using the cell signal for web browsing and downloads, which is very helpful when located in areas of low signal.
While wifi is accessible just about anywhere, having it in the home is one of the best ways to get the most usage out of the Internet. When a router is hooked up to the network, anyone in the home can utilize the connection without having to be plugged into the wall. Choosing a quality router is important to ensure that the signal will be strong and capable of being shared among multiple computers. There are four main standards for wireless routers: A, B (which are slightly slower), G, and N (which are faster). Choose a router that will work with the needs of the house; if there are online gamers, a faster connection will be necessary, while A or B would be an excellent choice for those who just use the Internet to browse and surf.
Choosing to password-protect the Internet connection is one way to keep users and data on the network safe from intruders. It also won’t allow neighbors to use the bandwidth and slow down the connection for the paying customers. Many routers come equipped with tutorial software and detailed instructions, which allow even brand new computer users to understand how to properly configure the settings for a smooth and easy web browsing experience.