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Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Jonathan Feldman

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Q&A

Q1: If I can’t buy all my wireless Ethernet gear from the same vendor, how do I make sure that it will interoperate?
A1: It’s probably a good idea to buy 802.11b gear labeled “WiFi.” WiFi is a vendor consortium that sets certain tolerances which ensure that different brands of gear will play well together.
Q2: The card I bought at Best Buy is WiFi, but for some reason, it won’t talk to my access point at work. What gives?
A2: It’s likely you have a Linksys NIC—these, although hugely popular, WiFi branded, and inexpensive, don’t guarantee that WEP will interoperate with non-Linksys gear. Sorry, man. Check Linksys’ Web site. Maybe by now there’s an update.

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