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Chapter 1. Why Network Wirelessly? > Benefits of Wireless Networking

Benefits of Wireless Networking

Wireless networking offers some benefits that are apparent (no wires) and some that you might not have considered. The most obvious is portability. In particular, if you set up a laptop for wireless networking, you can roam around your house or around a coffee shop. (Starbucks, for instance, plans to offer wireless networks for Internet access for all of its stores in the next few years.)

Moving Your Equipment at Will

It's true that a wireless network will allow you to surf the Internet by your pool, your fireplace, or anywhere else in your house (within about 150 feet, the range of most wireless equipment indoors; more details on that later). More commonly, though, you might find that wireless networking equipment allows you to move your desktop and laptop computers around the house or around your desk or across the room without unplugging cables.


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