Thursday, January 15, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Going Wireless
Remember the first time you saw somebody talking on a cellphone? Well, now you can do just about anything without cords and cables - including surf the ‘net. So, in tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we're going to show you how to convert your home into a wireless wonderland.
(WSVN) -- In the Blum family, there's little time to rest.
DarinBlum: "Very active household, very energetic."
And very hi-tech.
The kids in this house are becoming little techies.
Darin: "We've realized, in the next five years each of these children are going to be very active on the computer. We felt being wireless in the house was the first step that needed to be taken."
For the Blums, going wireless means the internet is just a double-click away anywhere in the house.
Darin: "We were used to the old dial-up and even when the internet came through, we were always tied to one location."
To create this wireless world, the Blum's recruited help from Deryk Davidson of Network, Web and PC Solutions.
The total cost to their home - three hundred dollars.
Deryk: "It's just a signal transmitting through the air, so they usually recommend the wireless access point itself is set very high, as high up as possible."
To receive the signal, you can either connect an adapter to your desktop, insert a wireless card into your laptop, or buy a laptop that is already wired to go wireless.
Darin: "Very easy and very affordable. It wasn't that expensive. It was a couple of hours, and we were up and running."
But you can't be up and running all over town.
Even if some places are equipped for wireless computers, you may have to pay a fee, if you subscribe to a different internet provider.
Also, keep in mind wireless networks are more easily accessible to hackers, and internet access range can be limited.
Deryk: "The further you get from the wireless access point, the weaker the signal is going to get."
That's why you may need more than one access point or a device called a repeater, to expand the range within your home.
For the Blums, their new wireless world has definitely made them closer - no strings... or, should we say, no cords attached.
Cheryl Blum: "You don't have to be secluded in one room. You can feel like you're part of the family even if you're on the computer."
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19077 W. Dixie Highway
N. Miami Beach, FL