Networking Your Neighborhood

Someplace between the relative simplicity of a home-based wireless network and a complex campus network, you might want to think about extending your own home or small-business network: You can share a high-speed Internet connection with one or more nearby neighbors or allow your employees to take their laptop computers to the coffee shop next door. If you or your children like to play multiplayer games with the family next door, or if you want to go online from your Palm handheld or Pocket PC while schmoozing with your neighbors at the annual block party, a neighborhood network might be the way to go.

But before you decide to hang an antenna on your roof, consider exactly what you want to accomplish with your neighborhood ...

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