What Does WiFi Stand For?
You may be surprised to hear that many people don’t actually know that WiFi is an abbreviated term. Even those who do don’t always know what WiFi stands for. There are a number of theories about what the term means, but the most widely accepted definition for the term in the tech community is Wireless Fidelity.
What are Hotspots?
The term hotspot is used to define an area where WiFi access is available. It can either be through a closed wireless network at home or in public places such as restaurants or airports. In order to access hotspots, your computer should include a wireless adapter. If you are using an advanced laptop model, it will probably include a built-in wireless transmitter already. If it doesn’t, you can purchase a wireless adapter that will plug into the PCI slot or USB port. Once installed, your system should automatically detect the WiFi hotspots and request connection. If not, you should use a software to handle this task for you.
What are the causes of Wifi interference?
There are three major sources for interference with Wi-Fi signals. In the typical home, you’ll usually have (to some extent) an issue with all three:
Interference from walls and floors: Depending on the materials your home is made from, you may find that communication speed and range may be greatly affected by the interior architecture of your home. While wood and glass don’t have much of an effect, other materials such as concrete, brick, or metal may bounce your signal around in unusual ways or even block them entirely. One of the easiest ways to measure this kind of interference is to use “Test Your Wi-Fi,” a tool you can find in the Device Health page in your Ring App. Try measuring your upload and download speeds in different areas of your house. Sometimes a few feet can make a huge difference.
Interference from competing Wi-Fi networks: The amount that this affects you often depends on where you live. Densely crowded areas such as big cities or apartment buildings often have dozens of Wi-Fi networks in a very small area. The easiest way to tell if you might be having an issue with this is to open the wireless options on your mobile device or computer. If you see a lot of networks to choose from, you may be experiencing this type of interference.
Interference from other electronics: This can be one of the most difficult kinds of interference to detect, as it can come from almost anything, even from appliances such as microwave ovens that aren’t connected to your Wi-Fi network. The biggest source of electronic interference though, are those appliances that use the same Wi-Fi network as your Ring device to perform their basic functions. These include cellular phones, iPads, other smart home devices, TVs, and video game consoles.
What is a ‘Smart’ TV?
To put it simply, a smart TV is any TV that connects to the internet to access online services like video streaming, social networking, or just browsing the web.
These days, you can pick up a smart TV from as little as £150, and they can be connected to other smart kit throughout your home too, like your smartphone or tablet – great for sharing family photos, or watching YouTube videos on the big screen.
Your TV will need to be within range of a Wi-Fi network to be able to get access to the ‘smart’ features, but if you don’t have Wi-Fi, most smart TVs have an ethernet port in the back so you can plug it directly into your broadband router.
Once your TV is connected, you’ll have access to a whole range of online services.
What is WiFi and How Does it Work?
WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to provide network connectivity. A WiFi connection is established using a wireless adapter to create hotspots – areas in the vicinity of a wireless router that are connected to the network and allow users to access internet services. Once configured, WiFi provides wireless connectivity to your devices by emitting frequencies between 2.4GHz – 5GHz, based on the amount of data on the network.
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