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Chapter 4. Selecting Network Hardware: Y... > What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Refe...

What Went Wrong: Your Quick Fix Reference

Before you set out to the store with your shopping list, be sure to take a quick look at some things you'll need to watch out for:

  • If you're going to install a wireless network, remember that 802.11a is incompatible with both 802.11b and 802.11g. You can mix 802.11b and 802.11g equipment, but you'll lose the 802.11g performance advantage.

  • Access points don't offer the firewall protection that you find in routers. Choosing an access point rather than a router for the interface between your home network and the Internet is asking for trouble because hackers will be able to access your network.

  • Poor-quality cables can prevent your wired network from performing properly. Make sure you look for Cat5E cables to avoid problems.

  • Mixing equipment brands on your wireless network means that you won't be able to take advantage of the Linksys SpeedBooster technology. Best practice is to choose a single standard for all the equipment.


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