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Part I: Today’s Technology > Getting Wireless Connections: Wireless Local Area ...

Chapter 2. Getting Wireless Connections: Wireless Local Area Networking

Once you’ve set up broadband Internet access for your home or office, you may want to add the additional convenience of wireless connectivity. With a wireless connection you can roam around from room to room, or even from floor to floor or outside, without being physically tethered to a particular connection point. If this sounds attractive to you, then you’ll want to look into getting a wireless local area network (LAN) setup.

What you need for a wireless LAN is basically a wireless card for your laptop or PDA plus a wireless access point (Figure 2-1). The wireless card is a small card that plugs into your laptop’s personal computer memory card interface adapter (PCMCIA) slot or into your PDA’s sled. The wireless access point takes your wired network and extends it by forming a connection point for any number of wireless devices to hook into. For example, you may want to extend your broadband Internet connection from just your desktop computer or server to other wireless devices as well. In this way, family members can all access the Internet via your broadband connection without having to fight over a single machine.


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