Home Network Wireless

I know, I know, just a few days ago I said “…home network wiring before I moved in…”, well the times have certainly changed. I realized real fast that this was not necessary.

The main PC is my desktop with a wired connection to the router on my desk. The other desktop is in another room and has been using a Linksys WET11 bridge to connect to the WRT54G Wireless Router. All the other computers are laptops with wireless connectivity.

One of the concerns I had was that a wall between the office and 2nd PC was lined with 1/4″ mirrors and that the signal would not be able to penetrate this. Once I placed the computers in their new locations and hooked up the network there was no reason to go any further. One pleasant surprise was how much better the Comcast signal was at the new location.

I will probably still be doing some wiring, but it is not a priority at the current time.

On a side note I found it interesting how many wireless networks are unsecured in my area. I took my Nokia N770 for a ride around the neighborhood and just let it cycle through a search of available networks. Apparently people just hook up their wireless router and start working without making any changes to the default setup. At least 75% of the wireless networks visible were simply named Linksys or Netgear.

5 thoughts on “Home Network Wireless

  1. THe unsecured network thing is annoying here at times. I use a macbook and switch between windows and mac os fairly often. Sometimes in windows my computer keeps switching to this unsecured netwrk with a weaker signal. Really annoys me….. just as typing this I had a thought, why don’t I just block it! Duh!!!

    Anyway thanks for letting this little white typing box be my thought processor too!

    If you ever sit on a train and watch the networks on a laptop / mobile phone it’s unbelievable just how many of them there are. What is this doing to our heads??

  2. I can not even imagine what the WiFi is like in a Major Metropolitan area. Glad this jarred a solution for you, lol….

  3. When I set up a wireless network for a private home, I regularly use these guidelines:
    1) Do not broadcast the Network Name.
    2) Name the Network something unique – using guidelines for passwords: Use UPPPER and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters of at least 8 characters in length.
    3) Set up WPA2 encryption – 128=bit key.
    4) Set up the list of MAC ids that will be allowed to connect to the Network. Yep, allowed.

    Yes, there’s some maintenance involved in adding a new device (say when your brother comes over with his iPod), but it keeps ALL the lurkers OUT.

    What do you think?

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