Networking: Cabled Ethernet/Powerline and wireless Wi-Fi home networks explained
This section of this website provides detailed information on all of the aspects of cabled and wireless networking that use the networking capabilities of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10. Information is provided on cabled peer-to-peer networks with additional interesting information on network home servers, drive mapping and network-attached storage (NAS) devices.
Wireless networking and the wireless-networking – WiFi standards 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac – are dealt with, including information on ADSL modem routers and cable routers, Bluetooth connectivity is not a wireless network technology but can be used in similar ways, so it is also dealt with.
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Note that dual-band routers can broadcast on both the 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz bands, but they cannot swap between them in order to broadcast the best signal. What they do is make it possible for client network adapters on computers that support either or both of the bands to receive broadcasts. For example, some older network adapters on laptops might only support the 2.4GHz band, so they will be able to receive a signal as well as laptops set to use the 5.0GHz band.
Dual-Band Wireless Networking Explained –
New names for the wireless 802.11 Wi-Fi network standards
Here are the new names for the 802.11 wireless standards currently in use:
Wi-Fi 4 is 802.11n, released in 2009.
Wi-Fi 5 is 802.11ac, released in 2014.
Wi-Fi 6 is the new version, also known as 802.11ax – A draft Wi-Fi specification standard and successor to Wi-Fi 5 expected to become an official IEEE specification in September 2020.
IEEE 802.11ax – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11ax
Note that Wi-Fi 4, 5 and 6 are backwards compatible with one another, so Wi-Fi 4 and 5 devices won’t stop working when the Wi-Fi 6 standard is introduced.
Here are what would have been the new names for the superseded 802.11 standards:
Wi-Fi 1 would have been 802.11b, released in 1999.
Wi-Fi 2 would have been 802.11a, also released in 1999.
Wi-Fi 3 would have been 802.11g, released in 2003.
What are Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6? Why Wi-Fi is introducing catchy names for different standards –
Map a network drive in Windows 10
“Map a network drive to get to it from File Explorer in Windows without having to look for it or type its network address each time.”
- – Network diagnostics and troubleshooting
- – Using a HomeGroup instead of a Workgroup – A wireless guest network – Port forwarding
- – The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, Powerline Ethernet and Wi-Fi mains networks and Bluetooth wireless connectivity
- – PCI and PCI Express Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NICs), Powerline adapters & USB Wi-Fi dongles
- – Range extenders & using other Wi-Fi routers & access points to extend the range of a Wi-Fi network
- – NIC MAC Address
- – Network Home Servers
- – Free networking security diagnostic tools and utilities
- – Routers – ADSL modem routers and dedicated cable routers
- – Wireless network security: WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption
- – Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) also known as Quick Security Setup (QSS)
- – Router firmware
- – Quality of Service (QoS) capability of a router
- – How can I add extra wired (Ethernet) ports to my wireless router?
- – Virtual Private Networking (VPN)
- – HPNA telephone networks
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