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Chapter 4. Connecting Your Computer

Chapter 4. Connecting Your Computer

Earlier in this book, we cover the basics of networking and how wireless networks work; now it's time to put rubber to the road and give you the instructions you need to connect your computer to a wireless network. That task involves installing a wireless network adapter, configuring your operating system's network settings appropriately, and configuring the wireless network client software to connect to an access point.

This chapter assumes you want to connect a Windows-based PC or a Macintosh via a wireless network adapter that uses one of the members of the 802.11 wireless networking alphabet soup, namely 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or even some combination thereof.

There's almost no difference among the different flavors of 802.11 when it comes to configuration, so we cover them all, calling out differences where appropriate. Of course, you're most likely to have an 802.11b wireless network adapter at this point, since the vast majority of access points use 802.11b these days.

NOTE

802.11g may not yet be an option in equipment you can buy when you read this book, but we expect its configuration to be virtually identical to 802.11b.


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