The telephone has come a long way since its invention. Today, there are phones in the size of credit cards and which can do a lot more than one would have imagined before. With mobile commerce now a reality and mobile banking becoming commonplace, there is little that these smartphones cannot do. Today, there are smartphones available in the market with quad-core processors and two gigabytes of RAM. One of the advantages of owning these high-tech devices is the ability of accessing the Internet using broadband. While most smartphones are 3G or 4G broadband capable today, it is also possible to connect them to the faster home broadband connections as well, using WiFi (a Wireless Communication Standard).
There are a few requirements that must be fulfilled to have the home broadband set up to work with the smartphone.
1. A Broadband Connection: This is as simple as it sounds; a broadband connection is needed to set up broadband on the smartphone via WiFi connectivity.
2. A Smartphone that Supports WiFi: Most smartphones come with WiFi functionalities. While older ones may only support WiFi b and g standards, newer phones will also support the fastest and latest WiFi n standard.
3. A Wireless Router: To be able to access the home broadband wirelessly, the broadband modem must be able to transmit and receive wireless signals. This can be achieved with the help of a wireless router. Wireless routers connected to a broadband modem allow other devices (laptops, smartphones, desktops, etc.) to connect to the modem over a wireless network. Most new routers support WiFi N standards, and some even come with modem functionalities as well.
The following steps can be used to get the smartphone linked to a home broadband connection:
1. Connect the WiFi router and the modem, and then also link the router to a desktop or a laptop with the help of a LAN cable. Once connected, access the router’s configuration page by typing “192.168.0.1” in the address bar of a web browser. The IP address may differ across routers. Refer to the router’s manual for more information on the same.
2. Activate the wireless connection in the configuration page. Apply the security features (password to connect to the network) and specify the WiFi protocol to be used (b, g or n). The security part is optional but highly recommended.
3. In the smartphone, find the settings options and search for options related to “connectivity” or “wireless.” Again, this option may be accessed in a different manner in smartphones belonging to multiple brands. In other words, an HTC phone’s settings options might not be similar to a Samsung or Nokia phone’s options.
4. In the WiFi options, scan for available WiFI networks. The home network must now be visible on the phone.
5. Select the right network (if many are available), and enter the password to connect to the wireless network.
We hope these tips have helped you set up your broadband for your Smartphone with no problems.