1.3. Task 1.3: Differentiating Ethernet Devices

If you are able to readily identify the wired or wireless orientation of the components of your network, you will be more likely to deploy them properly when it is time. Many surprises are in store for the network administrator who waits until the last minute to identify the applicability of network devices. One of the biggest differences between Ethernet devices depends on whether they are for wired networks or wireless networks.

Wired devices follow one of the many Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 Physical layer specifications, such as 802.3ab for Gigabit Ethernet over unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper. Wireless devices adhere to one of fewer IEEE standards, such ...

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