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A. Expanding the Network > COMPATIBILITY ISSUES

COMPATIBILITY ISSUES

The only network equipment compatibility issues you’re likely to run into are for wireless networks and wireless devices. The first compatibility issue is the operating system. If you’re really interested in wireless networking, every computer in your house should be running Windows XP. The earlier versions of Windows just don’t offer the support for wireless communications and wireless security that Windows XP offers.

Windows XP also has better (and easier-to-use) features for networking, regardless of the topology you’re using to connect your network. Consider upgrading to Windows XP even if wireless networking isn’t the motivation.

UPGRADE TO WINDOWS XP

If you’re running Windows 98, 98SE, or Me, you can update your computer to Windows XP Professional Edition or Windows XP Home Edition if it meets the hardware requirements. If you’re running Windows 2000, you can only update to Windows XP Professional Edition. Here are the minimum hardware requirements for your computer if you want to update to Windows XP:


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