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Consumer Gadgets: 50 Ways to Have Fun and Simplify Your Life with Today’s Technology…and Tomorrow’s by Nicholas D. Evans

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Chapter 2. Getting Wireless Connections: Wireless Local Area Networking

Once you’ve set up broadband Internet access for your home or office, you may want to add the additional convenience of wireless connectivity. With a wireless connection you can roam around from room to room, or even from floor to floor or outside, without being physically tethered to a particular connection point. If this sounds attractive to you, then you’ll want to look into getting a wireless local area network (LAN) setup.

What you need for a wireless LAN is basically a wireless card for your laptop or PDA plus a wireless access point (Figure 2-1). The wireless card is a small card that plugs into your laptop’s personal computer memory card interface adapter (PCMCIA) slot ...

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