Wireless Access

Enjoying Wireless Access on Your Computer

Wireless access normally refers to a wireless access point or WAP which allows wireless communications devices to connect to another device thereby creating a network. A WAP is generally wired to the connection and can relay information between devices. When more than one WAP is connected they create a much larger network that allows roaming to occur.

WAP technology really took off in the late nineteen-nineties and the early two thousands because of the number of clear benefits they provide. First of all they are much less expensive that cabling a network together with Cat-5 cables to an Ethernet network as was done in the past. It also eliminated the sheer volume of cables that would have to be run through a house or a building that need a network. Schools and business benefited greatly from being able to have networks without having to go through the pain of networking their buildings with countless cables. Wireless access points also allow for greater freedom to move around. Since many people carry portable data assistants they now have the ability to send and receive emails and messages no matter where they are. It also makes it possible to work anywhere and not have to work at a computer which is plugged into a wall. Cell phones use wireless networks and now landline telephones and even cable companies are looking to moving into wireless access.

Wireless technology has definitely come a long way since its inception. The security parameters of today's technology are far greater and far more secure than it has ever been and the stability and flexibility of wireless devices are constantly raising the bar. Soon wireless technology will enable us to have homes and communities that are all wired so that everyone can benefit from these great technologies. With wireless routers, handheld devices and laptops equipped with WiFi capabilities the future of wireless networking is getting friendlier by the minute.

So, if you have more than one computer that you want networked instead of looking toward the old-style Ethernet connection, get yourself a wireless LAN router and take a step toward computing mobility!

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