Setting Up and Securing a Network
When setting up a network there are a few words you should be familiar with.
Router: computing a device that allows packets of data to be moved efficiently between two points on a network
Ethernet: computing trademark a local-area network protocol featuring a bus topology and a 10 megabit per second data transfer rate.
Firewall: an integrated collection of security measures designed to prevent unauthorized electronic access to a networked computer system.
WEP (Wireless Encryption Protocol): The original security standard used in Wi-Fi networks to encrypt network traffic.
WPA2: (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2): provides network administrators with a high level of assurance that only authorized users can access the network.
SSID: A unique 32-character network name, or identifier that differentiates one wireless LAN from another.
“Many homes, in fact, already have some form of networking in place.” (Frenzel 2009) By installing a home network is worth looking into if you haven’t already, even if you have one already installed it might be worth it to look at all the new technologies that have come about. “A home network will let you share high-speed internet access with any computer in the house – the spouse’s, the kids’, even grandma’s iPhone when she drops by for a visit is within reach.” (Rist and Griffith 2009) Setting up a network may seem easy and fool proof but it can be extremely difficult once you start trying to secure your network. “The reality is that setting up a home network to make all that happen is still a more daunting task than most home improvement projects.” (Eric A 2010) Though as technology advances setting up and protecting your network is becoming easier. “Connecting mobile computers together in a wireless network can be largely automated.” (Balfanz, Durfee et al. 2004)
“The router is the heart of your home network” (Rist and Griffith 2009) There are several...