Desktop pc/macbook competition for wireless network?
For a year now i have had no troubles accessing the network in my home using my desktop pc. my rooommate on the other hand has not been able to access the network wirelessly with her macbook. i disconnected her direct line and turned her airport on and entered the key to access the network, it worked. now my pc desktop is unable to access the network with the security WPA enabled. i have downloaded and installed the latest firmware 1.09, reset the router, but still only macbooks can access. Whats the deal?
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A wired connection is still the best way to get maximum download and upload speeds because your computer is directly connected to your gateway/router via an Ethernet cable. While this method offers consistent speed, it might not be convenient running multiple PCs and Laptops with a wire in your home. Improving your wireless connections: 1. Do not use wireless connections where it is not needed or not important. Devices that are not moved frequently such as a printer or a desktop PC can use the ethernet cable to minimize traffic in the wireless connection. Some home users use a wireless adapter for their desktop PC to connect wirelessly which I think is irrelevant not unless your desktop PC is really far from the router. Most routers provide 4 ethernet ports which you can use for the printer and desktop PC. 2. Make sure that your Wireless Network has WEP/WPA enabled. All routers are equipped with security features that can provide passwords to your network. A secure network is less susceptible to unathorized use of your network. The more users use your network, the slower it becomes.
Sample video on how to secure your network using a LinkSys Router:
3. Get a better range. Depending on how your home is designed, your wireless gateway may not be able to reach certain parts of the home, but you may be able to improve access to those trouble spots. There are several companies that have developed wireless repeaters (sometimes called a signal booster), devices that can pick up the signal from your router and extend that signal to other parts of the house. It should be noted that any repeater has its own limitations and the greater your distance from the repeater the weaker your signal and the slower your speed will be.
4. Change your wireless channel to reduce interference. You may experience weak or dropped signals if a cordless phone or any other electronic device and your wireless router share the same frequency channel. A potential fix for this issue is to change the channel, thereby reducing frequency interference. The wireless channel can be can be accessed in the wireless settings of your routers interface. Channels to choose from are Channels 1 to 11. This should be done in a trial and error method, choose whatever channel delivers the most speed.
Sample video on how to change the wireless channel on a Zoom Router:
5. Make sure that you are running the latest firmware and driver updates. One of the easiest steps to improve your connection speed is to make sure you are running the latest software updates for your wireless adapter. If you are, the next step would be to check if your network card has been updated with the latest drivers. To confirm that you have the latest drivers available, go to the wireless card manufacturer's website and look for a Support and/or Driver link. If you have a built in wireless client (one that cannot be removed from your PC), check to see if your PC manufacturer has issued any updates.
The above tips has greatly improved our home network which consists of a Prolink router, 2 netbooks, 1 laptop, 1 desktop pc, 1 printer and an occasional use of mobile phones to connect to the internet.
To Configure a Wireless Connection in Windows XP, Follow the Instructions Outlined Below.
Click the Start button, click Network Connections, and choose Show all Connctions.
Click the Wireless Network Connection icon with your right mouse button, then choose View Available Wireless Networks.
Choose the name of the 2Wire access point from the Available networks list.
In the Network key field, type the hexadecimal key to access the wireless network. Note: The hexadecimal key and wireless network name should already be set up on the 2Wire device. Use the key that you set up on the 2Wire device.
In the Confirm network key field, type the hexadecimal key to access the wireless network again for confirmation.
I'm sorry to say that the answer to your question is no. You can print wirelessly with most printers using either an Airport Extreme Base station or an Airport Express, but for scanning, you will need to be physically connected to the scanner.
If you wanted to, you might be able to set up that old desktop to be permanently (and physically) connected to the scanner, and then you could either connect to that PC over your home network to access the scanned files, or you could potentially email them to yourself from the PC. That might be your best bet.
* A wireless-enabled computer. Many computers made over the last three years are already wireless capable, or they can operate wirelessly with adapters.
* A wireless router. This will serve as your Wi-Fi access point, the hub of your network.
* Broadband Internet access. While you can use your wireless router without any Internet access at all, or use dial-up, experts agree that there?s real value in accessing online content via DSL or cable and making it available to every computer in your house. The cost of doing so, like with the hardware, has dropped dramatically in the past several years.
When you set up your network using the wireless router, you?ll need to identify that network on each of your wireless computers and during the installation process for your Lexmark wireless printers or all-in-one devices. You?ll be asked about your service set identifier (SSID), which is basically the name of your network. Don?t forget to consider the security of your network early in your decision process.
* Common security types for networks include WEP, WPA and WPA2, and there is usually also an option for no security. At a minimum, you should look for WPA or WPA2 security and follow the manufacturer?s instructions to encrypt your signal and set your own password. A password isn't mandatory, but if you don't use one, it's far easier for others to access your network, and potentially your computer.