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What is Wifi?

Updated on September 26, 2012
You can purchase a router that will allow you to access the Internet on your WiFi capable devices.
You can purchase a router that will allow you to access the Internet on your WiFi capable devices. | Source

WiFi is a popular technology that allows an electronic device to exchange data wirelessly using radio waves over a computer network, including high-speed internet connections.

*Wikipedia Definition*

Installing a Router

By installing a router to your Internet connection with wireless capabilities in home you can easily connect any electronic that runs off of a WiFi service. If you have a desktop computer you can easily install a router by following the set-up guide instructions. Depending on the type of router you purchase, you can also add up to four computers that do not have wireless capabilities along with your wireless electronics. You must have an active Internet connection in order for WiFi to work.

An important note is that when you install a router with wireless capabilities make sure to secure it with a password. You do not want your Internet connection to be accessible to anyone within the wireless range against your permission. It is equally important for you to not use somebody else's wireless connection. That is a form of theft and if they are searching undesirable content you may also become a person of interest if an investigate should be set into place.

WiFi and Your Electronics

Once your router is installed and running you can begin accessing the Internet on your WiFi capable electronics. You will need to access the setting menu on most electronics and select the WiFi option. Once you have selected the WiFi option you will need to enter the user name for the router and the secure password. After the above steps are completed your electronics should be connected to the Internet through the WiFi connection.

You will need to make sure that the wireless internet is turned on through your router itself. There is usually a button that enables or disables the WiFi connection.

Benefits of WiFi

The main benefit of a WiFi connection is not have tons of wires and cables running through your home. It also can be beneficial to homes with multiple occupants because it creates more than one place to access the Internet within your home.

Depending on where you live and the strength of your wireless signal it is possible to share Internet access with neighbors. It also allows you the freedom of not being tied to one area in your home while you are surfing the web!

WiFi Capable Electronics

Smart Phones
Nintendo Wii
Amazon Kindle
Playstation 3
Nintendo DSI
Barnes and Noble Nook

This is just a basic list of WiFi capable electronics. There are many more electronics that have WiFi capabilities.

WiFi and My Home

I originally bought a router to allow me to add a second desktop to our home for our children. The router I purchase has ports for four computers that need to be connected through a USB cable. It also has the ability to connect wirelessly to any electronic that has WiFi enabled.

So our Internet system is connected to two desktop computers, a Nintendo Wii, a Kindle Fire, a Sprint Xprt Smart phone, an iPhone 4, and a Barnes and Noble Nook. All of the electronics listed above are located and used inside of my home except for the Nook. The Nook belongs to my grandmother who resides three houses down the street from me and she is able to easily access my wireless Internet connection.

It is a great investment to purchase a router because it will allow you to access the Internet on all of your WiFi capable devices. It also helps to reduce your battery usage when accessing the Internet from your cellular phone.


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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      Interesting information here. Thanks for your research. UP and I

    • JillKostow profile imageAUTHOR

      Jill Kostowskie 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ruchira - I believe it helps save the battery on your smart phone by delivery a constant connection to the Internet without having your phone access it throught the cell phone company's signal....

    • Ruchira profile image


      8 years ago from United States

      Informative hub, Jill.

      I had no clue that when a smart phone is accessed via Wifi...the battery does not charge as much.

      Voted up as interesting and useful.

      Sharing it across


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