Wireless - Wireless A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless...

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Wireless A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network that uses radio waves as its carrier. The last link with the
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Common Topologies The wireless LAN connects to a wired LAN There is a need of an access point that bridges wireless LAN traffic into the wired LAN. The access point (AP) can also act as a repeater for wireless nodes, effectively doubling the maximum possible distance between nodes.
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How are WLANs Different They use specialized physical and data link protocols They integrate into existing networks through access points which provide a bridging function They let you stay connected as you roam from one coverage area to another They have unique security considerations They have specific interoperability requirements They require different hardware They offer performance that differs from wired LANs.
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Disadvantages Limited range(500 ft, up to 1500 with additional AP hardware) Bandwidth quickly eaten by too many machines(load balancing has not yet fully matured within this technology) Limited Maximum Bandwidth (11mb/s)
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Advantages Easy, convenient setup Highly cost effective for small to mid-range shops, or as add-ons to large enterprise networks Minimal downtime for relocation of computer away from cubicle with annoying person next door
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course COM 120 120 taught by Professor Boo during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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