Lan Solutions

Written by Amy Hunter
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Building a local area network can be an intimidating process, but once built, the rewards are numerous. When planning your network, you first must consider the type of connection you need to establish. If you are connecting a group of desktop computers to form a LAN, you may choose to go the hard wired route. Wired routers are usually considered more secure. In addition, you can run wire through the walls and generally connect as many computers as necessary.

Wireless routers have their place as well. If you will have people using laptops in various areas, they will, of course, want internet access in all of those areas. Most laptops today come from the manufacturer with wireless capabilities. A wireless router can easily be used for connection. The main concerns with wireless routing are security and connectivity. Luckily, you can work around both issues.

Security is a concern with all types of networks, but a wireless set-up is particularly vulnerable. Change the default password on your router and routinely change the password--once a week is not too often. Make certain to optimize the firewall that is built into your router, and consider installing a second hardware firewall.

Connectivity is an issue with wireless connections due to the portability of laptop computers. It is easy to get out of range of the router without realizing it. While wireless hubs normally have a range of approximately 300 feet, a variety of things can decrease that distance. The more walls and floors between your laptop and the router, the less distance you will get. Likewise, an open floor plan can increase the distance that the radio waves travel. By planning the best location for the router, and being vigilant about security, a wireless router can be an effective way to remain connected at all times.

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