At ComputerTV, we have put together a Home Office Wireless Toolkit to help get you started and on your way to a wire-free zone.
* To get your home network up and running, you first need a wireless router. This is the easiest and most popular way to share the home’s internet connection, as well as provide easy access to files on all connected PCs. We recommend the following high-quality routers: D-Link DIR-655 Xtreme Wireless Router, Linksys WRT310N Wireless N Gigabit Router or Netgear WNDR3300 RangeMax Wireless N Router.
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* If your PC does not have built-in wireless, you will need a wireless adapter in order to officially cut the Ethernet cord. You can also use a wireless adapter to upgrade your connectivity, or in other words, surf the web and download files much faster. Here are some adapters to choose from: D-Link DWA-140 Wireless N Network Adapter, Linksys WUSB600N Dual-Band Wireless N Adapter or Netgear WNDA3100 RangeMax Wireless N Network Adapter.
* Next up, wireless printers. The average wireless printer can cost $80 – $200. HP makes great All-In-One printers with built-in WiFi, as does Epson, Canon and Samsung. However, if you already have a printer that does not have built-in WiFi, you’re not out of luck. All you need is a Wireless Print Server to enable multiple users access to the same printer, without having to run cables. One’s to try: D-Link RangeBooster Wireless Print Server, Linksys WPSM54G Wireless Print Server or Netgear WGPS606 Wireless G Print Server.
* Create a shared drive with a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Enclosure. When used with internal SATA drives, a NAS enables you to share your documents, music, photos, and videos across the network and on the Internet so family members, friends, or employees can access them. This device also makes it possible to remotely access files through the Internet. Not to mention, it keeps data safe by only assigning rights to specific users or groups. Suit up with the D-Link DNS-323, the Linksys NAS200 or the Netgear RND2000.
* Install “eyes in the back of your head” with a Wireless Internet Webcam, also known as an IP Camera. For individuals who want to keep an eye on their home and the people in it, to businesses looking for surveillance capabilities over offices and warehouse floors, there is a network camera to suit almost any need. The camera’s images are viewed using a standard web browser, which makes monitoring very simple. Be sure to purchase a camera with audio if you want to make free calls over the internet using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). The Trendnet TV-IP201W Wireless Internet Camera Server w/ Audio will do just the trick. Some less expensive options are D-Link’s DCS-920 or the Linksys WVC54GCA; however, neither of these have built-in audio.
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