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Wireless jacks are the "in" thing for networking.

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While Wi-Fi is a convenient advance, installing a large wireless network can be costly. Large offices and older buildings require special care to extend the network to every cranny. Wi-Jacks are the latest hardware offering aimed at making Wi-Fi easier and cheaper for businesses. Manufacturers Aruba and Ortronics developed the product.

Wi-Jacks are Wi-Fi wall outlets that fit an access point into a standard data wall outlet (the kind you're familiar with for Ethernet use) so you avoid installing costly access points on the ceiling. Ortronics estimates a 65 to 75 percent savings over the legacy style of Wi-Fi installations. Wi-Jacks allow for more centralized network management and easier deployment. Models will be available with either 802.11a or 802.11b/g and with or without Ethernet connections.

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