But one glaring problem was that I was still using each PC locally, and sharing files between computers was a nightmare. Quick like a bunny, I bought a 2 Gb “MyCloud,” apprehensively attached it to my router via its Ethernet port and then linked it to each of my remote computers as a separate drive. I’m merely setting down my experiences and making some general recommendations. My first attempt at standing up a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) was just so I could have access to the Internet from anywhere in my three story townhouse.
I hooked up my cable modem to a directional wireless router, and adjusted the antennae so that I had adequate coverage on all floors. Then I made sure the LAN was secure by assigning a strong password to the router’s encryption feature. All went well. I could go anywhere I pleased in our home and access the Internet. Over time, I populated each floor with a smattering of various PCs, conveniently located so I could log in whenever the whim hit me. My family also liked the convenience of being able to reach the Internet with whatever portable device they happened to hold. Just for convenience, I placed a wireless printer on each floor and linked it to the WLAN. Everything was going on smoothly.