Wireless Buyer’s Guide At The Tech Lounge

Quote from the guide:

“Are you looking to go wireless or do you have an existing system you want to upgrade? If so, then read on. If not, why are you here? After all, going wireless sounds pretty easy… Just get an access point and some wireless PCI or PCMCIA cards and you are free to surf the net, print, share files and do all the things we do with computers minus the hassle of being tethered to a wall. But if it’s so easy why hasn’t everyone and their brother made the switch to wireless? The short answer of course is that it is not as easy as you might expect. This is the reason why I want to inform you, the wireless buyer, on what to look for and hopefully, how to get as much out of your wireless experience as possible.

Walking into your favorite computer store, you will be inundated with a wide variety of products to choose from. The two that will stick out mostly will be 802.11b and 802.11g. The 802.11a standard is also present, but tends to be used in higher-end products that also carry a high-end price tag. For the average home user who doesn’t feel the need to break the bank right out of the gate, it is the b and g standard that will take center stage.

I will now make things easy on you… If you are looking to go wireless now, I recommend that you choose a 802.11g setup. For details on why, read on – unless you have already bolted for the nearest wireless distributor.”

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