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The Basics of Wireless Network Installation

The appeals of wireless network installation are numerous. The first, of course, is a limit to the number of wires running through a home or office. A wireless network also allows for a very simple installation, since your knowledge of wiring and electrical work can be minimal, but still be adequate for installing a wireless network.

Additionally, the wireless configuration allows you to have a great deal of flexibility in how you locate equipment around the home or office.

In order to set up a wireless network that is internet ready, you will need only two primary components.

The first is wireless LAN (or Local Area Network) cards. It's important that each PC on the network have its own wireless card.

They need to be inserted into an unused PCI slot located inside of a PC. The antenna portion of the card should be at the back of the PC with the antenna extending up.

Installing the LAN card is not a complicated operation, and can be accomplished by a novice in computer installation. Simply open the computer case carefully and find the slot where the LAN card fits. There is likely only one available, but any computer that does not have a built in wireless system will have a LAN slot.

Ground yourself by touching something metal or plastic to dispel static, then screw the card into the slot with the screws provided. Make the electrical connections, replace the PC covers, then start up the computer. You'll need to intall drivers specifically for that LAN card. Repeat for each computer that will be on the network.

The second component of a basic wireless network is the wireless router. These routers allow you to share a single internet connection between numerous computers. Depending on the router's specifications, they can accommodate between four and sixteen computers on a single wireless router.

If you have internet from your cable provider, they may have supplied a cable modem, but those are rarely wireless. You'll need to plug a wireless router into the modem, then route your PCs through it. If you have a DSL or ADSL connection, purchase a DSL modem.

You'll then configure your network. Log onto your router/modem through your PC. Read the owner's manual for the router for specific directions. You'll want to direct it to automatically assign IP addresses to any PC attached to it. It's recommended that you stick to basic network configurations and use the 192.168.01 as the first IP address and the 0.9 as the ending address, which gives you the potential for eight additional devices to be installed, if you like.

You want your router to be the primary gateway and also the primary DNS, so both of these boxes should be set to the router IP ( Other boxes should be blank or contain default indicators.

The next step is to go to the Network Connections screen in a PC start menu, right click on wireless network and go through properties to indicate that you want the router to obtain an IP address automatically.


Preventing Appliance-Caused Electrical Fires

Is there anything more frustrating to a large family than having a washer or dryer break down? Heaps of clothing pile up or have to be lugged to Laundromat until a repairman finally shows up. The cost of appliance repair is always shocking, and sometimes the washer or dryer can't be fixed and has to be replaced altogether.

Although it's hard when an appliance quits working, it's downright scary when faulty wiring or some other defect causes overt danger to a family or home. It's important to know which appliances are the most likely to cause trouble, and do our best to prevent the ravages of electrical fires.

-- Air conditioners that are in continual use in dusty locations are definitely at risk because tracking faults can result from the settling of particles on electrical components. Air conditioners need to be dusted regularly to avoid such mishaps.

-- Dryers have an element that usually runs around the rear of the drying drum. Paper, lint, or any other combustible material that comes into contact with this element may ignite and cause an extremely dangerous situation. Make sure you keep the floor area around and behind the appliance clear of debris and clean the lint trap each and every time the dryer is used.

-- Hot water heaters, especially those of a considerable age, are liable to corrode in certain places. Water may leak through the resulting fissures, and if this moisture comes in contact with any of the appliance's electrical components, it may result in a fire. Have your hot water heater checked by a professional, and if it is old, it will need to be replaced.

-- Dishwashers have the same problem as all electrical appliances that deal with water: if moisture comes into contact with the electrical conductors at the top of the door due to leakage, a problem may occur. The heating unit at the bottom of the appliance operates at extremely high temperatures during the drying cycle, causing the most common reason for dishwasher fires. Keep plastic materials, and definitely anything paper, out of this appliance.

-- Refrigerators are another type of kitchen appliance susceptible to electrical fire due to water leakage. Check the drain tube from the freezer regularly to make sure it's not blocked up. Blockage during an ice-making cycle will cause water to overflow, possibly coming into contact with electrical circuitry.

Electrical fires can be prevented. The best overall advice is to never take the smooth operation of your appliances for granted: keep them clean, free from debris, and when appropriate, have regular professional maintenance done.


Control Electrical Costs With A 3 Phase Converter

Bringing power into a building from the electrical lines that run from the street a single phase converter controls the flow of energy inside the building. Where an office might be set up with a series of computers that are backed up with emergency batteries and have surge protection the single phase system may not be sufficient to handle the load that the energy consumption requires. inide an industrial shop that is using a number of different machines to fabricate various products a 3 phase converter can make the difference between straining the electrical use and allowing each station in the manufacturing shop to be operating at full power throughout the day.

The installation of a rotary 3 phase converter allows drill presses, saws and other pieces of equipment to be run without adding to the energy costs or the electricity that is being pulled from the power grid. Adding to the energy efficiency of a business that is relying on the constant drain of the utility the converter is connected to the breakers that bring in power to the building and are loaded to increase the output of electricity without adding to the use of energy. The lower cost and higher output allow industrial manufactures to make the most of their utility consumption.

Hooked up to woodworking and steel machining equipment the converters are able to provide all the electrical power that heavy duty machines need to operate in a non-stop environment. Running air compressors, hoists and lifts and air conditioning or heating systems much more efficiently the addition of a 3 phase converter is able to boost the production of many manufactured goods without altering the amount of energy that is consumed by the building. In offices where server farms are required to manage the data flow that is coming into the system the converters can be added to the electrical equipment to make them more efficient in their use of electricity.

Available in three sizes that can manage different loads and deliver the same level of energy consumption to commercial and industrial complexes, the full capability of the 3 phase converter can be determined with an inspection of the property and the electrical usage needs of the business that is looking for a way to cut their utility bills down to size. Offering an alternative to paying for the rising cost of electricity that seems to increase each year the converters are the best way for a business to manage all of their energy consumption needs without adding to their utility bills.


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