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Microsoft® Windows® Networking: Essentials by Darril Gibson

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Chapter 12

Understanding Wireless Networking

Wireless networks allow you to create a network without running cables. You can also expand an existing wired network by adding a wireless access point as a bridge for wireless clients to your wired network. Two important pieces of knowledge you’ll need are an understanding of current wireless networking standards and an understanding of wireless security methods.

IEEE 802.11 includes several different wireless standards, including 802.11a, b, g, and n. To get the most out of your wireless network, you need to use compatible protocols. Some work together, but others don’t. IEEE 802.11n provides the greatest flexibility and speeds.

Wireless security had a rocky start, and early wireless security methods ...

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