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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Wi-Fi® Wireless Networking by Harold Davis

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Different Ways to Use Wi-Fi in a Network

In the last section, I just discussed some of the implications of “stringing together” computers to make something more powerful than any individual computer on the network. But suppose you didn't have to physically “string” the computers? Well, of course, with Wi-Fi you don't.

If you are going to Wi-Fi–enable a small network, there are really two ways to go about doing it:

  • You can use Wi-Fi to connect the entire network.

  • You can mix wired and Wi-Fi connections.

Of course, the option of creating an entire network without wires using Wi-Fi is probably only available if you don't already have a network. If you already have a wired network that works, you most likely will not want to replace it. Instead, you'll ...

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