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Networking The Complete Reference, Third Edition by Bobbi Sandberg

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CHAPTER

6 Wireless LANs

Until recently, computer networks were thought of as using cables for their communications medium, but there have also been wireless networking solutions available for many years. Wireless networking products typically use some form of radio or light waves; these are called unbounded media (as opposed to bounded media, which refers to cabled networks). These media enable users with properly equipped computers to interact with other networked computers, just as if they were connected to them with cables. Wireless networking products long had a reputation for poor performance and unreliability. It is only in the last ten or twelve years that these technologies have developed to the point at which they are serious tools ...

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