Home Networking 101

Wi-Fi is common for most households but good Wi-Fi is not. Most homes have a single Wi-Fi access point and it may or may not be in the best location for  adequate coverage. There is a lot of misconceptions about Wi-Fi products so let's see if I can't clear a few things up for you. 

First, we need to go over the basic components of a WiFi network.

Advanced Home Networking - Routers

The most basic function of a router is to keep internet traffic isolated between two networks. Only traffic authorized to enter your home network is allowed in and only internet devices (clients) authorized by your router are allowed to communicate on your network. Wide Area Network (WAN) ports are the outside or incoming ports. Local Area Network (LAN) ports are inside your network.