up a Wireless Network at Home or Work
people today use a cordless phone or cell phone to communicate and it
will not be too long before they also use a wireless computer to connect
to their computer network. Wireless
networking has become increasingly popular as prices have come down, new
products have been developed, and the technology has improved.
there are two standards in the wireless world, 802.11a and 802.11b.
The 802.11a standard was developed shortly before the 802.11b
standard but has few products developed for it.
The 802.11a standard offers 5 times the speed of the 802.11b
though is its major problem as products from different manufacturers
often are incompatible with each other as well as with products on the
802.11b standard offers acceptable throughput for most home and office
applications, good compatibility between different manufactures, and a
wider range of products available.
large concern for implementing a wireless network is security.
A wireless network works by transmitting data over radio signals
instead of wires. This is
great as you can move from one room to the next without losing you
network connection. On the
other hand though, it also allows nearby unscrupulous people to hack
into your data from outside your building or home.
Several measures exist to improve the security such as changing
the network name, disabling the broadcast of the network name, sending
data in an encrypted format, and purchasing a third party product
designed to improve security.
the 802.11b standard, reviews have listed the Linksys WAP11 as an
excellent value for the small business or home user offering ease of
setup and configuration. At
less than $200 for the access point and $100 for each wireless card the
solution is affordable for many home users.
Cisco’s Aironet 350 series is a top choice for larger
businesses. At $800 for the
access point and $200 for
each wireless card the solution is within the reach of many businesses.