Chapter 25. Going Wireless

Cables are limiting; the minute you have to keep your important hardware within the span of a network or other cable, you reduce your opportunities for where you place and use the device. While laptops and handheld devices have long ago allowed us to go without the power cord, many continued to be stuck at the end of a network cable.

Wireless networking is changing all of that, allowing people to work with PCs in spaces (in or out of a physical building) they could not go before through technology called Wi-Fi. This means that we can also take our portable computers out of the office complex and into libraries, stores, and even downtown in a large town or city and still be able to communicate with others.

The wireless ...

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