Chapter 4. THE HARDWARE YOU NEED FOR WI-FI

THE HARDWARE YOU NEED FOR WI-FI

A wireless local area network (LAN) obviously requires a somewhat different set of hardware components from a traditional wired network. This chapter describes the components that go into a wireless network and offers advice about deciding which components will best meet your needs. As you read the descriptions of features and functions in access points, network adapters, and antennas, remember that the marketplace for wireless networking equipment is both extremely competitive, and rapidly changing. If one manufacturer offers an access point or network adapter with a hot new feature, you can expect that ...

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