Wireless Networks

The term wireless networks can be used in many contexts. For example, you could consider a satellite network a wireless network. However, this chapter is about data networks in healthcare and the wireless networks that are dramatically changing how healthcare is done and that give patients, nurses, and doctors the ability to move around in the work setting. These are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular networks. Since the practitioner will likely manage Wi-Fi networks, the focus of this chapter will be primarily on Wi-Fi networks.

The first thing to consider about wireless networks such as Wi-Fi is that they use the electromagnetic spectrum (radio waves) as a medium of transmission, and this medium places limitations on the bandwidth ...

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