routers - modems
and wireless stuff
"I have a "Cable"
or "DSL" modem and my friend said I
should also have a "router". What is a "router" and why should I
spend the money"?
A. The "cable" or "DSL" modem is a direct link
to the great world of high speed internet. If you are directly
connected the hackers have a clear shot at getting into your computer.
You may not even know it but they can actually be using your computer
as a "robot" device to spam the world. Please listen to your
friend and spend the few dollars for the "router". A standard good
router should cost you about $79.00 at any store
like Future shop, Pana-Foto, Costco, Price Smart or on line from Amazon. This device goes between your
computer and your modem and creates an almost solid barrier between
you and the great unwashed slime balls that consider hacking a
meaningful existence. I could write a 3 page technical
explanation but the Readers Digest version is below. Just buy
one. Stick the installation disk in your
computer and you will be up and running in no time. Again follow
the on screen instructions carefully.
Q. "So how does this $80 gadget "protect" me".
A. It is difficult to answer but I will
give it a try. Do you remember your high school math.
"permutations and combinations". Well the router hooks to the
high speed device on one set of numbers such as 234.345.321.068.
This is a number that your internet provider uses for your account.
On the other side of the device there are usually 4
"ports" or places to plug your computer or other gadgets into.
The router automatically generates its own set of 4 three digit
numbers to each one of these "ports". This make it virtually
impossible for the scum bags to get at your computer by scanning.
Their scanners just see a black hole when they hit the router and they
move on to easier unprotected potential victims.
If you are not willing to purchase a router to defend
yourself then don't bother ever asking me for help.
Q. "I have had my computer for 3 years now
and have never had a problem and I don't have a router. I
really don't see the need"!
A. Well you may have a problem and not
even know about it. As I said earlier the creeps and geeks can
use your computer as a robot device to spam the world and you might
eventually get a knock at your door. "Excuse me sir but we have
a search warrant for your computer". What's that about? You ask
with great surprise and indignation. "Well sir it seems that you
are distributing #$$%&& from this location". Yes it could happen
to you. Do you buy fire insurance? Have you ever had a
fire? Do you buy life insurance? Have you ever died?
Well a router is very solid and great insurance and it costs so little
and is so simple to utilize.
Don't fight it just do it!
Q. "Should I get a "wireless" router and what
does "wireless" really mean"?
- for the few $$$ (about $20) difference in price you should have a wireless
router. This allows you to connect a computer anywhere in your home or
even out on the patio/lanai/bohio or ranchero. Virtually all laptop computers are
now equipped with a built in wireless device. This will allow you to
connect to the internet or other computers in your home as required.
Again the software that comes with the router will step you through
all the necessary steps to make this happen. If you read the
instructions carefully and don't skip any steps it will work perfectly
almost every time. I say almost cuz we are dealing with
computers and "Murphy" still rules!
Q. "I went looking for a "wireless"
router and there is wireless G and wireless N. and now
802.11 ac - Which one should I get"?
A. G is pretty much the oldest and
cheapest out there so you can pretty much forget it. N is the
current standard but with ac coming on the market you may as well.
Your current computer will not likely take advantage of the features
it offers unless you invest in an 802.11 ac adaptor for the computer
as well but your next computer should communicate with it and take
advantage of all it offers. Just buy a brand name at a price
point you are comfortable with and you will be just fine.
Again if you run into difficulties do not hesitate to call the support
line for Linksys or whoever you chose. Yes they appear to be offshore but they are pretty
That's enough for now.
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