Chapter 3

Going Wireless

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Understanding the wireless Ethernet network

check Setting up your wireless hardware

check Finding out how to configure a wireless access point

check Configuring a wireless network

If you have laptop computers on your local-area network (LAN), or if you don’t want to run a rat’s nest of wires to connect a PC to the LAN, you have the option of using a wireless Ethernet network. In a typical scenario, you have a cable modem or DSL connection to the Internet, and you want to connect one or more laptops with wireless network cards to access the Internet through the cable or DSL modem. This chapter shows you how to set up wireless networking for connecting to an Ethernet LAN and accessing the Internet.

Understanding Wireless Ethernet Networks

You’ve probably heard about Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity — a short-range wireless network similar to wired Ethernet networks. Standards from an organization known as IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) define the technical details of how Wi-Fi networks work. Manufacturers use these standards ...

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