The release of the Windows 7 operating system by Microsoft this past year was met with fevered excitement by millions of desktop and notebook computer users who have been complaining about the inadequacies of Windows Vista for years. With good reason, Windows 7 received almost universal praise for its simplified interface and design, as well as its improved performance and relative lack of bugs. While there are a few wrinkles to iron out, as there are with any new operating system, Windows 7 looks to be a suitable replacement for the beloved XP edition of Microsoft’s popular computing platform that has persisted in popularity even after the release of Vista.
A wired or a wireless network allows computers to communicate and share information with each other. Various technology components are required to enable this connectivity and to efficiently manage the data traffic that flows over such networks. Network hubs and network routers are two such components. Both have important but very different roles to play in enabling network connectivity.
Technology has come a long way. Computers have advanced from large towers with very little memory and hard drive space to small form factor desktops with large hard drives and huge amounts of memory. The transformation has given users the ability to multitask, and this has presented an even greater need for portability at home and in the workforce. Innovators in technology have taken heed to this and given PC users a variety of tools that can help simplify their day to day tasks.
Having a wireless router was once a status symbol. Only the proverbial Joneses and those who could keep up with them had these nifty devices in their homes. The thought of an un-tethered home network left many consumers giddy with the concept, and maybe a little intimidated by the process of hooking up such a contraption.