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Is your home office a network nightmare-piles of wires, holes in the wall and cabling for everything but the kitchen sink? Take it all wireless!

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If you've resisted pitches from companies that want to wire your home from basement to attic for networking and other technological advances because you just can't afford it, here's an alternative: home Local Area Networks (LANs).

Instead of connecting all your computers individually to a phone line (which wired LAN kits require), wireless home LAN products connect just one PC, server or to the phone line, and the rest of your networked computers feed off of that. "[Wireless home LANs are] great for that need flexibility for a mix of laptops and desktops," says Dan Swee-ney, spokesperson for .
Using radio frequencies to communicate between computers, this rather new breed of home LAN means you don't have to drill holes in your walls or ceilings to string cables nor lay them along the floor. You also won't need a phone jack for every computer on the network. With a wireless home LAN, you can surf the Net from your sofa on portables and desktops while simultaneously using a common ISP via one modem along a single phone line or with a super-fast cable modem.

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