LAN technology has recently entered the home networking scene. It is
affordable and simple, making it a serious option for connectivity between
your PCs. With this new technology comes new challenges. Most notable
among them are security and speed issues. The links below include
information on the newest wireless technology, general information on
wireless connectivity, and other related topics.
General Information What
is wireless networking and how does it work? Answers to these common
wireless networking questions can be found on the SearchNetworking.com’s
LAN” definition page. Different types of wireless LANs are
discussed in depth on this
Web page. Wireless LAN technology articles, tutorials and links to
LAN hardware and software vendors can be found at www.cwnp.com.
Additional general information about wireless LANs can be found on the Wikipedia.org
wireless LAN Web page.
Wireless LAN Standards
Resources Not all wireless LANs use the same type of wireless
technology. Generally speaking, there are now two main wireless LAN
standards: Bluetooth and 802.11. You can read current news articles about
these standards at www.convergedigest.com/WiFi.
The Wireless Networking Industry’s Information Source Web site, www.wlana.org,
offers numerous wireless LAN resources including a learning center, job
postings, a discussion forum, and a “Solution Center”. Wireless
standards are the topic of the Web site standards.ieee.org/wireless.
For specific 802.11 standard resources, visit the site grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/11.
Bluetooth wireless LAN standard information can be obtained at www.bluetooth.com.
Which wireless standard is the right one for your networking needs? Read
the article “The
Wireless Network Wars” by Beckey Waring of PC World Magazine to
help you decide.
Wireless LAN Hardware
and Accessories Shopping for wireless LAN components can get confusing
when you consider the wide variety of technologies and components
available on the market. The Web site www.bricklin.com/homenetwork.htm
provides an informative discussion about one type of wireless LAN that
uses the 802.11b standard. Here you can also find diagrams describing each
device that can be used to achieve a basic wireless home network with
Internet access. Read wireless LAN product reviews on this
Web page and get a perspective of the latest prices and ratings.
For more information about the price and availability of wireless LAN
devices, be sure to visit www.pricewatch.com.
Here you’ll be able to compare prices between vendors. Large e-commerce
sites that specialize in selling components for PCs, such as www.outpost.com,
are an excellent source for wireless LAN devices.
Additional Links Security
is one of the greatest concerns with wireless LAN technology. For a clear
perspective on these security issues, read the article “Researchers
Break Wireless LAN Encryption Algorithm” by Dan Verton and Bob
Brewin. For an alternative view, read the article “Don’t
Buy that Wireless LAN-Yet” by Steven Vaughan-Nichols.