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Chapter 14. Securing Your Privacy Using ... > The Benefits of Wireless Technology

The Benefits of Wireless Technology

Today's information systems, which include m-commerce (mobile commerce), are being exposed to a demand for increased flexibility and mobility. The introduction of wireless technologies will aid users of information systems in many ways:

  • They allow for increased efficiency and roaming ability— Users are no longer tied to specific locations. They can move about the home or facility while always maintaining their network connection.

  • It is easier to share and transfer information— Users no longer have to return to their desks or computers to send a file or e-mail. They can take immediate action because of network connectivity. This should lead to an increase in productivity.

  • In some cases, building a network using wireless technology is cost-effective— If a temporary network is needed, a wireless network would be easy to set up and take down. This reduces infrastructure costs. Wireless technologies allow for the easy implementation of LANs without the associated expense of physically installing and running wires throughout a home or facility. This is especially important if the area is difficult to reach or not physically suited for wiring. These savings are also available to homeowners who are unwilling to retrofit their homes with network cabling. With an access point installed in a strategic location, a user can have Internet access from practically every room.


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