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Wireless Home Networks Deliver the Internet
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Internet is becoming as necessary as electricity and indoor
plumbing. As its usefulness grows, so does the need to deliver a
fast, reliable Internet connection to PCs and other home
Whether it’s downloading directions, instant messaging, uploading your
favorite photos or simply sending e-mails with attachments, the
Internet is the backbone of modern communication. Today, access
to it is as critical at home as it is in the workplace. For that
reason, many new homes are built with telephone, cable and
Category 5 (Ethernet data cable) wiring bundles; making
high-speed data transfer only a plug-in away. However, most
people don’t have the convenience of Ethernet jacks throughout
their homes, resulting in expensive and messy data cable
installations. In 2002, more than 1.5 million homeowners
installed their own wireless network, and if Jupiter Research is
right, these wireless networks will surpass wired ones by 2005.
The Web’s transition from a place for text and images to one that includes a
repository of video, animation and audio is proceeding rapidly.
New uses of the Web require higher-speed Internet connections,
and its usefulness is greatly enhanced by the ability to share
The evolution of wireless technology reflects that “need for speed,” as the
newest generation of products categorized as 802.11g are
typically five times faster than the older technology (802.11b).
The new 802.11g technology is compatible with earlier products
and handles data transfer typically at 54 mega bits per second
(Mbps) compared to 11 Mbps of 802.11b. However, products from
U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo family perform at an
incredible 100 Mbps with the company’s exclusive Accelerator
Technology. At these blazing speeds, downloading MP3s, streaming
video, large audio clips and uploading big files is quick and
Creating a reliable, wireless network requires only three things. First on
the list is an Internet connection. While broadband (DSL or
Cable Internet) is a necessity for high-speed downloads, dial-up
can work if wireless connectivity is the main goal. With
broadband, the service likely has a modem device (with a single
Ethernet port to connect to the computer), or a router (with
The second thing you need is a wireless access point or router. That piece
of equipment allows you to share the broadband connection
wirelessly. If you have an integrated router/broadband modem you
will only need an access point. If you have a single port
broadband modem, you will need an access point with an
integrated router. You will also need a wireless card or adaptor
to allow PCs and other devices to access the wireless network.
They come in three basic formats: PC cards for laptops, PCI
cards for desktop PCs, and USB for any machine that supports
USB. Installing a network is relatively easy and will
dramatically change the way the Internet is used at home.
Look Ma, No Wires!
The beauty of wireless connectivity is that it provides an inexpensive and
relatively simple way to share Internet connectivity, files,
printers and other devices within a home. No new wires! In
purchasing a network’s components, the following should be taken
* Speed -- Faster is better. It may not make much difference today, but it
* Security -- There are several techniques to provide security for a
wireless network and the higher-bit encryption numbers offer
* Compatibility -- 802.11g devices run at a minimum of 54Mbps, and are
typically compatible with the older 11Mbps 802.11b products but
not with 22Mbps 802.11b+ products.
* Coverage -- Pay attention to what vendors say (or don’t say) about the
size of coverage areas.
* Reputation -- Go with a company that you are confident will be around in
the future. Over time these products often can be upgraded with
software enhancements that provide improved performance or new
Setting up your wireless network is easier than putting together a child’s
first bicycle and will be an important addition to your home for
many years to come.
For more information about wireless networking products, visit
www.usr.com/lookma-nowires and go wireless today! Products from
U.S. Robotics 802.11g Wireless Turbo family are also available
for purchase at Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
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