In This Chapter
Understanding the wireless Ethernet network
Setting up your wireless hardware
Finding out how to configure a wireless access point
Configuring a wireless network
If you have laptop computers on your LAN — or if you don’t want to run a rat’s nest of wires to connect a PC to the LAN — you have the option of using a wireless Ethernet network. In a typical scenario, you have a cable modem or DSL connection to the Internet, and you want to connect one or more laptops with wireless network cards to access the Internet through the cable or DSL modem. This chapter shows you how to set up wireless networking for connecting to an Ethernet LAN and accessing the Internet.
You’ve probably heard about Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi stands for Wireless Fidelity — a short-range wireless network similar to wired Ethernet networks. A number of standards from an organization known as IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) define the technical details of how Wi-Fi networks work. Manufacturers use these standards to ...