Wireless networks, which are sometimes known as Wi-Fi or 802 offer several advantages over fixed (or wired) networks, with mobility, flexibility, ease and speed of deployment, and low-cost at the top of the list. Wireless networks are typically very flexible, which can translate into rapid deployment. Wireless networks require: a wireless access point, a wireless PC card, a wireless PC adaptor and a network connection for the access point.
It combines the best elements of wireless and wired networking to deliver secure, scalable wireless networks with a low total cost of ownership. A secure, scalable, cost-effective solution, wireless networks offer: Anytime, anywhere access to information, promoting collaboration with colleagues, business partners, and customers Real-time access to instant messaging, e-mail, and network resources, boosting productivity and speeding business decision making Mobility services, such as voice, guest access, advanced security, and location, that help you transform business operations Modular architecture that supports 802.
There can be so many issues setting up your box to actually get the tools working and i’m not even touching on that, but if you can get everything to work, you’ll be cracking wireless networks like a pro in no time. Building Wireless Community Networks starts off with basic wireless concepts and essential network services, while later chapters focus on specific aspects of building your own wireless networks. As well as installing wireless networks, libraries may consider developing current services, or introducing new and innovative services for the public to utilise through the wireless environment.
Resources: Wireless networks may provide libraries with the opportunity to introduce new services and increased access to networked materials.