Otis F. Cooper

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Understanding the different kinds of home networks.

Understanding your Home Computer Network

Just about every home will have two or more computers with data their users will consider important. It would be just awesome to be able to connect those computers together so they could share files, the same printer, scanner, and Internet access.

When you understand the components of a Home Network, what each component does as well as the various types of networks, you will be armed with the knowledge of both networking your own systems as well as networking the computers in homes of your friends.

There are 4 basic types of home networks with the Ethernet and Wireless being the most popular.You can also use your phone lines of your home to Home PNA or Home Phoneline Networking Alliance or your power lines can be used to create the Home Plug system. Let's briefly talk about each network and the basic components.

1) The WIRELESS HOME NETWORK
Even though Wireless Networks are not as fast as Ethernet networks, they rid you of the problem cables lying around. Radio waves traveling to and from a transceiver attached to your computer sends data back and forth. Security however, is the wireless network's major concern. Routers, adapter cards and other components are needed to connect the wireless network but there will be no dangling cables to bother with.

2) The HOMEPLUG NETWORK
With the HomePNA network, you can connect your computers to each other without installing wires but the network will use your power outlets to allow data to travel to and from each PC. A RJ-11 jack is needed as a go between for each computer to send data through the Phone lines and can be daisy chained. In our next newsletter you'll see each component needed for the HomePNA and other networks. You can get complete adapter kits containing every component needed to network.

3) The WIRED NETWORK
If you have your computers in the same room and are very close to each other, the wired network is for you. This type of network transfer data between systems with the help of cables to each system.PC network cards are istalled in each system and this type of network is considered faster even though you will have cables that may be an eye sore.

4) The POWERLINE NETWORK
The powerline network uses the electrical wiring of your home to transfer data to and from each computer in the network.Adapters are plugged into used wall outlets which are them connected to each system. This type of network is known to loose speed because of interference. Bridges, routers, and other equipment will be required to put together your powerline network.

Otis F. Cooper is the author of the award winning PC Super Pack, the Computer Training By Video course. For hundreds more free PC repair tips,sign-up for his bi-monthly newsletter and learn computer repair at www.ultimate pc repair.com.

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