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What is a Wireless LAN?
- A means of wirelessly connecting computers
- once installed a wireless LAN is transparent to the user and performs like a wired LAN
- For small networks (up to 10 users) it is approximately 80% as fast as a 10BaseT wired LAN
- For larger networks a wireless LAN operates best as an extension to a wired LAN
- Allows you to access servers, email, share files, printers and internet access
- Connects to a wired network backbone through an Access Point
- Gives you freedom to roam with your computer anywhere within range of the Access Point
- Supports ranges of 50m to 100m indoors and 100m to 500m outdoors (depending on the number of walls or obstacles)
- Cover more areas by adding additional Access Points wired together in a cellular fashion
- Wireless modems are available for desktops, laptops or handheld computers and external units with serial, USB or Ethernet interfaces are also available
- Low cost products are available for home use as well as high end products for enterprise networks
What Are The Benefits To You?
- Faster installation time
- Reduced installation costs, no cables!
- Less expensive than running fiber for outdoor applications
- Excellent backup link for outdoor wired links
- Indoor LANs are more flexible, easily move your desk, or entire office
- Transportable, relocate anywhere and take the network with you
- Network your computer in areas difficult to reach with cables, industrial complexes, historic buildings, environmentally sensitive areas where digging is prohibited