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Chapter 9. Wi-Fi on Your Desktop > Buying a New Computer

Buying a New Computer

If you think you might ever want your new desktop computer to have wireless capabilities, you should buy it with Wi-Fi already built in. This won't add much to the cost and could save you a fair amount of trouble down the road. Almost every major brand has Wi-Fi available as a low-cost option when you buy a new computer.

Because you are reading this book, you probably have some interest in wireless technologies and Wi-Fi networking. But even supposing you are only planning to operate one computer, it's worth getting Wi-Fi installed when you buy it in case you add another mobile (or desktop) computer. That way you can network your computers (and share an Internet connection) without the hassle of wires. (See Chapter 15, “Configuring Your Wi-Fi Network,” for a more detailed comparison of the pluses and minuses of wired and wireless networking.)


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