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Do Your Network

Curious about how effective Wi-Fi adapters are? We've got you covered.

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This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

By now, you're most likely familiar with what a Wi-Fi network does. You probably have an affordable 802.11b solution running somewhere in your workplace, and you may even have paid a little more money for the extra bandwidth and security of an 802.11a network. But now we're on to the next component of Wi-Fi standards: 802.11g.

The rising popularity of wireless networking-along with the added security of 802.11g and 54Mbps speed-has the new adapters flying off store shelves. Several companies began shipping "g" products at the beginning of the year, even though the final IEEE specification for 802.11g hadn't yet been approved by the beginning of summer. That raises questions as to whether 802.11g nodes from different manufacturers will be compatible with one another and with current 802.11b networks as advertised. Should you take a chance on "g"?

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