Monday, May 19, 2014

Experts Guide to Home and Small Business Wi-Fi

Thinking of buying a shiny, new, extra-double-spiffy new Wi-Fi router at Costco, Sam's Club or Best Buy?  Maybe online?  But maybe you're not really comfortable setting it up yourself?  NO problem.  I'm from IT and I'm here to help.

  1. Before you buy a new Wi-Fi router, be sure to try the standard IMNDSICUT process.  That's short for "If my neighbor doesn't secure it, I can use it".  It goes like this:
    1. Turn on your mobile device (laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.)
    2. Click the link to search for active Wi-Fi networks.
    3. Look for the ones that do NOT have padlock symbol.
    4. Try connecting to each one until you get one that works.
    5. (tip: Be sure to check for any applicable local, state and/or federal laws that might cause you some concern before doing this.  If you get in trouble, you read this on someone else's blog and my name is Bob)
  2. Next, if the above process doesn't pan out and you're a small business, rent space near a Starbucks, McDonald's, or any other retail or fast food chain outlet that offers free wi-fi.
  3. Next, if that doesn't pan out, run an ad on Craig's List for a room mate that is good at setting up Wi-Fi networks and also (this is important, pay attention) has a new wi-fi router.
  4. If all of the above options fail, you need to buy a new router.

You're all set!  Good luck - and happy wi-fi-ing!


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