Wireless Networking Guide

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April 11, 2014
You plug in your brand-new wireless router. You plug the Ethernet cable from your DSL or cable modem into the router's WAN port (or Internet port, as it might be labeled). You plug the Ethernet ...
April 09, 2014
Would you buy your smartphone from Comcast? That could be an option sooner than you think, as the nation's largest cable provider is apparently preparing a wireless network that would leverage more ...
September 20, 2013
Do you hear phantom smartphone ringing? Does a blinking light send your pulse through the roof? Do you feel anxious if you go 15 minutes without checking your email? It may be time for an e-tox break....
August 28, 2013
Mobile upstart Republic Wireless is shaking up the status quo with its simple, inexpensive, contract-free smartphone pricing. We're talking as low as $19 per month.
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July 26, 2013
The Google Chromecast is a small HDMI stick that lets you stream Netflix, YouTube and other videos and music on your TV for just $35, but it could use more content partners.
May 07, 2013
WMM (Wi-Fi Multimedia) is an automated service that gives priority to multimedia running through your wireless network. That includes voice, video and audio that, when you're using, you want to always work.
May 07, 2013
All wireless signals operate within one of 11 frequency zones, and when too many nearby routers are running on the same frequency, it could slow down the network and prevent you from doing the things ...
May 07, 2013
MAC settings are typically under the Quality of Service settings, though MAC priorities affects hardware settings instead of software. Assigning MAC priorities allows you to rank the devices in your h...
May 07, 2013
Some routers allow you to customize exactly what multimedia gets priority via a process known as Quality of Service (QoS). For instance, perhaps you want to make sure that video streaming always gets more love than streaming audio.
May 07, 2013
Channels are a series of sub-bands that operate within the 2.4- or 5-GHz bands. The 2.4-GHz band worked really well when the number of devices operating on the band were few and far between, but with ...
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