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Initial post: Dec 14, 2012 6:55:53 AM PST
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The Truth says:

I have an ipad and my employer uses Macs, so I have one of them at work. However they don't have WiFi, and after a recent break in at my home, I need a way to be able to hook my iPad up to Wifi at work (so I can use a remote viewing app I have to stream live video from CCTV cameras at home to work).

I thought one of these might work:

TP Link TL-WR702N 150Mbps Wireless N Nano Router

I think I can just take out the internet cable from my office computer and stick it in this unit, thus giving me WiFi I can use with my iPad. Is this true?

I don't really know much about computers - can any one help and offer me some advice? Don't get too technical please, just point me in the right direction of something I can use... and cheap-ish - I don't want to fork out for an AirportExpress or anything.

I am currently on an old G4 Laptop at work but we're getting new iMacs soon if that is any help.

Would really appreciate your help.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 7:34:41 AM PST
WolfPup says:
Probably just about any router should work. I'm a BIG fan of Apple's routers though both because they're MUCH easier for non-tech people to configure (well, for anyone to configure...) and because there have been major problems with the default configurations on most routers that Apple's ones haven't had.

I'd avoid Linksys/Cisco now for a variety of reasons.

Many companies might frown on people bringing their own routers, and it would be really, REALLY important to make sure this is configured right, or it's a big security risk for the company, and/or can play havoc with the network. My employer for example doesn't allow anyone to do this, except kind of an unofficial "oh sure, go ahead" to people in IT. They sometimes have to spend hours hunting down rogue routers that are causing problems because people didn't know what they were doing.

A few issues:
-This should probably be configured to not actually function as a router, but rather to just pass along the Ethernet connection. Apple's routers, at least from my experience with them, make this pretty easy to set up. I'm actually using one in that configuration at home, independent of my main router.

-This MUST be set to use WPA2, with a strong password. No encryption at all, or the old WEP "encryption", means your company's network is wide open for anyone to access-you've just exposed it the same as if you let random dudes off the street walk in and plug in to open Ethernet jacks day and night, attacking your servers or whatnot. Without WPA2 and a strong, long password, this is VERY dangerous and even possibly illegal depending on what industry you're in. Again, I was really pleased that Apple's software actually defaults to WPA2-the software (on Windows at least) allows you to dig in to more advanced settings and do WEP or no encryption for example, but it defaults to the correct settings.

-WPS, "Wi-Fi Protected Setup" is a disaster. Apple implemented it in a way that's safe on consumer routers, no one else did. If you don't get Apple, you want a router from 2012, and you want to make sure it's running the newest firmware available for the router, and you want to make sure WPS is turned *OFF* in the settings. What's especially bad is there are many routers on the market that even when it's turned off in the settings, it's still actually turned on. WPS was supposed to make configuring Wifi easier, except in reality all it does is let anyone crack in to the network if it's left on.

If any of that isn't set right, you're leaving your company's entire network exposed to anyone at all, and/or potentially screwing it up. Particularly for people who just want something to work solidly with default settings, I really like Apple's stuff.

Alternatively, you might consider buying a cheap tiny notebook that'll plug in to Wifi and runs real Windows. Prices have kind of gone up, but for example last year I bought an Acer for $200 from Target that uses AMD's low end c50 (and Atom competitor). It's got Ethernet, it runs real Windows, it's not even half bad as a backup system, and could be plugged in to Ethernet so you don't have to worry about Wifi. An 11.6" model isn't even that much different in size than an iPad (and doesn't need a separate stand).
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