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Connection Options

You have three basic choices when choosing a wireless network adapter. Depending on the wireless standard and type of computer you are using (see Table 4.1) your choice will to some degree be made for you. The options are a PC Card, USB, or PCI Card. Let's look at these different types of network adapters in detail.

Table 4.1. Choosing Wi-Fi Network Adapters
If you have…For use with…Then use…
802.11bLaptopPC Card
802.11bDesktopUSB
802.11a or 802.11gLaptopPC Card
802.11a or 802.11gDesktopPCI Card



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