24 Dec 05
Guide to Wireless Networking
Wireless networking has exploded in popularity in the last few years. From the way we communicate with friends and family to the way we conduct our daily business, and even the way we listen to music, wireless networking is quickly changing the face of technology.
Wireless networking has many advantages. In locations where a network does not yet exist, wireless networking can save the cost and labor of running wires through walls and ceilings. In a dynamic environment like a college campus or a company job site, wireless networking provides the flexibility for users to connect to the network anywhere they need to access data. Like anything, there are also a few disadvantages to going wireless. Sending your sensitive data through the air has security risks that have to be considered. Wireless networks also lag behind wired networks in speed and stability.
In this guide, I give you the pros and the cons. If you decide it's for you, I'll show you how to set it up correctly. I'll also discuss security and how you can protect your data, along with how much trust you can really put into wireless security.
Here is what we will be covering:
Also, if you need more information about wireless networking, here are some other resources.
Here is a pre configured Google search: wireless+networking+security+guide+tutorial
Business Users: This article is intended for the home or small office user. Regardless of whether or not you went to one of the top business schools or the school around the corner, my main focus will be making things easy to set up and educating readers on wireless security. Business users requiring higher security should consider setting up wireless authentication through a RADIUS server and using a VPN to further encrypt wireless connections. If you would like more information on either of these topics, here are some helpful links:
You may also find my other guides helpful:
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