The boom of the Internet industry in the last few decades has made it possible to access almost unlimited information. It has become commonplace to find homes hooked up to the World Wide Web via a service provider. Up until a few years ago, it would not have been feasible to have more than one desktop computer connected to a single Internet source. But now, in the age of networking, it is not impossible to find schools and homes with networks that can accommodate numerous PCs and laptops. And these gadgets do not even have to be wired to the gateway routers. Wireless technology has become the fad recently (back in the day, only the affluent could have this technology but starting in around the year 2000 it became available to the majority of Internet users). So how do you network your house or your office?
First of all, you have to buy a gateway router. To give you a brief overview of how a router works, here are some key things to understand.
- A gateway router conforms to the layers of architecture standardized by the International Organization for Standardization. It means that Internet communication and networking are possible even when you’re mobile because the way gateways were created conforms to set standards all over the world.
- Some of the basic components of a home network are a DSL modem or a cable modem, routers, and access points.
- A network allows you to share files among computers. It also allows multiple PCs to connect to the Internet at one time. This has a big advantage over the previous set ups when a single home or office had to have several lines to be able to connect to the web.
So if you are looking to make your own network at home or in your office, you need a gateway router that is capable of handling the demands of the number of computers that will connect to it. To find the right router, you have to set a few requirements. First off, you should consider how many computers are going to be connected to the router. You also have to take into account the speed capacity of each computer. If you are going for a wireless network, make sure that your motherboard or the motherboards of your laptops are wireless ready. Most laptops are WiFi capable already. So this would not be much of a problem. Also, consider the size of the place you want to wirelessly connect. Your router should be able to give good signal strength even when you are using your notebook from a distance.
In order to find a good router, you make check out some sites, like:
You will have a number of routers to choose from. Or you can go to your local computer shop and ask for their recommendation. The advantage of buying from a place nearby is their support. They can help you out if you have problems. Most, if not all, computer stores have routers that are readily available and that are easy to install. And these gateways packages include parts like cables as well. You just have to have a CPU tower, a monitor and a keyboard to create your network. Of course, you have to create a security enabled profile to make sure that random people cannot access it easily. And then you can enjoy using your network.