Connecting to the Internet using your Wi-Fi

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A wireless router connects directly to a modem by a cable. This allows it to receive information from ? and transmit information to ? the internet. The router then creates and communicates with your home WI-Fi network using built-in antennas.

As a result, all of the devices on your home network have internet access. These days your WI-Fi router not only connects you to the Internet, but often your job, too.

Here’s what you need to build the best home network. The process for logging into your router should be the same whether you use your internet provider’s router or you purchased your own router.

A modem connects your home network to the Internet, and a router lets your devices talk to one another and use that Internet connection.

Broadband Internet connection and modem: A broadband Internet connection is a high-speed Internet connection. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and cable are two of the most common broadband connections. You can get a broadband connection by contacting an Internet service provider (ISP). Typically, ISPs that provide DSL are telephone companies and ISPs that provide cable are cable TV companies. ISPs?frequently offer broadband modems. Some ISPs also offer combination modem/wireless routers. You can also find these at computer or electronics stores, and online.

Wireless router: A router sends info between your network and the Internet. With a wireless router, you can connect PCs to your network using radio signals instead of wires. There are several different kinds of wireless network technologies, which?include 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, and 802.11ac.

Wireless network adapter: A wireless network adapter is a device that connects your PC to a wireless network. To connect your?portable or desktop PC to your wireless network, the PC must have a wireless network adapter. Most?laptops?and tablets?and some desktop PCs?come with a wireless network adapter already installed.

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