If you have more than one or two people in your home that frequently use the Internet, it may be an advantage for you to invest in making your home a Wi-Fi zone. It is not that expensive to do, and it will save a lot of battles over using the computer and Internet.
Wi-Fi is just a fancy term for wireless Internet network. It works by waves very similar to a radio or cell phone. It can allow every computer in the home – laptops, notebooks and PCs – to use the internet without being connected to a wire. It can even be used outdoors, on a deck or patio, in most cases.
If you set up a Wi-Fi zone in your home, you will want to protect it by password. You can assign your password to all the computers used in your home. This will prevent neighbors and passers by from tapping into your Internet service. Others tapping into your service can reduce your bandwidth, slowing your Internet service down. Also, any illegal or unethical activities they do on your Internet could come back to haunt you.
Wi-Fi offers families a great deal more freedom than traditional wired Internet. They no longer have to be wired to their rooms and offices to enjoy the Internet. This can allow all the family members to be in the same room together even if they are all using the Internet.
Wireless routers and wireless adapters are pretty inexpensive, making it easily affordable for the average homeowner. One computer in the home will likely be set up as the base station of the Wi-Fi zone and the others will receive reception through that computer.
As with all technology, Wi-Fi has its limits. Too many users can cause the reception to overload, and might temporarily bring the Internet down for everyone. Be sure to set good boundaries for sharing your family’s Wi-Fi.