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Understanding and Installing Wi-Fi

We've sorted through the maze of wireless options to help you decide whether--and how--to use Wi-Fi in your business.

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This story appears in the June 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

In the past few months, Wi-Fi has been a hot topic in technology world. Publications throughout the country have hailed its abilities to eliminate cables and provide wireless Internet access for users on the go. Unfortunately, many people are confused and overwhelmed by the many different types of Wi-Fi, what equipment to purchase and how to set up a wireless network. Here, we'll cover it all. So sit back and take a deep breath--it's important to understand that jumping on the wireless bandwagon is relatively inexpensive, easy to do and extraordinarily beneficial in the long run.

It would be great if readers could simply run out to the nearest store and purchase a standard, all-inclusive Wi-Fi package; however, when it comes to technology, there is always a plethora of options making it difficult for anybody but a geek to know exactly what to get. Go to CompUSA and ask for Wi-Fi, and the salesman will likely ask "Which kind--802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11i or 802.16a?" Before punching the smirk off his face, refer to this quick reference guide for each protocol:

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