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What is Wireless Computer Networking?


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Question: What is Wireless Computer Networking?
Answer: Wireless is a more modern alternative to traditional wired networking that relies on cables to connect networkable devices together. Wireless technologies are widely used in both home and business computer networks.

Types of Wireless Network Technologies

A variety of technologies have been developed to support wireless networking in different usages including:

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Advantages of Wireless over Wired Networking

A wireless computer network offers several distinct advantages compared to a wired network but is not without downsides. Advantages of wireless technology include mobility (portability and freedom of movement) and elimination of unsightly cables. Disadvantages of wireless include additional security concerns, plus the potential for radio interference (due to weather, other wireless devices, or obstructions like walls).

More - Wired vs. Wireless Computer Networking

Wireless Internet Service

Traditional forms of Internet service rely on telephone lines, cable television lines, and fiber optic cables. While the underlying core of the Internet remains wired, several alternative forms of Internet technology utilize wireless to connect homes and businesses.

More - Introduction to Wireless Internet Services

Wireless Network Hardware

To build or tap into a wireless network requires certain types of computer hardware. Portable devices like phones and tablets feature built-in wireless radios. Wireless broadband routers power many home networks. Other kinds of equipment include external adapters and range extenders.

More - Types of Wireless Network Equipment

How Wireless Works

Wireless technologies employ radio waves and/or microwaves to maintain communication channels between computers. While many technical details behind wireless protocols like Wi-Fi often aren't important to understand, knowing the basics can be very helpful when configuring a network and troubleshooting problems.

More - Useful Facts About How Wi-Fi Works

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