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Windows XP Unwired by Wei-Meng Lee

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Case Study: The Office Network

Your office might have a router that allows your computers to access the network and Internet. You would most likely be using DHCP to obtain IP addresses for all the computers. (If your office doesn’t have any of this, perhaps you are starting from scratch — in that case, your office will resemble a home network in that your wireless access point is your first foray into networking.) In this section, I discuss the issues involved with adding a wireless network to an office environment using the D-Link DI-714P+ Wireless Access Point as an example.

The D-Link DI-714P+ (see Figure 5-16) is an enhanced 802.11b wireless access point with router functionality. It comes with AirPlus technology that allows up to 22 Mbps of data transfer rate if used together with D-Link’s AirPlus wireless card (such as the D-Link DWL-650+). Besides this, it also includes a printer port ...

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