Home Networking 101 . How to Set Up, Secure and Manage A Network. Why Network. Networking is all about sharing, and it allows your computers to connect to the Internet, talk to each other, and share resources like files and printers . What is A Computer Network.
How to Set Up, Secure and Manage A Network
Operates on the 2.4GHz frequency band and can transmit data at speeds of up to 11Mbps within a range of up to 100-150 feet.
Operates at the frequency of 5 GHz, which is less crowded than 2.4GHz where telephones and microwaves may cause interference. Although the speed is up to 54Mbps, the range is only up to 75 feet. Wireless-A is incompatible with both Wireless-B and G because it operates at a different frequency.
Features the same benefits as Wireless-B, but offers 5X the speed at up to 54Mbps. Wireless-G currently offers the best combination of performance and value. You can mix Wireless-B with Wireless-G equipment, but you will lose the higher performance speeds of Wireless-G.
PCI Adapter - connects inside your computer
USB Adapter--plugs into a USB port on the outside of your computer
A PC (PCMCIA) Card--slides into a slot on your laptop computer
USB Adaptor--plugs into a USB port on the outside of your computer
**Most new computers come with built in devices (wired and/or wireless)