The Golden Age Of Wi-Fi

Wireless is now the way to go. No cords to get in your way, no drilling
holes through walls, just plug and play. And with today’s technology it
is getting easier and easier to set up your router wireless.

Wi-Fi (standing for
Wireless Fidelity) is currently the standard for WLAN, simply because it
makes everyone’s life easier. With Wi-Fi you simply just find an access
point to get Internet from. Simple, isn’t it?

To narrow down the results, we are going to take a look at some types of
routers. Once it comes down to manufacturers,
Linksys and D-Link are always the top brands to go with.
We will be looking at the three Wi-Fi types.

The first one we will be looking at is 802.11b. 802.11b transfers up to
11mbps (But the average cable modem usually only handles 4 or 5mpbs).
With this you can get a good range from 100 – 150 feet away. Also the
number of hotspots with this is slowly growing, so it may be available
in some airports, hotels, or maybe in some public areas (in case you have
a laptop). Another great feature about this is that it keeps your wallet
fat, because it is inexpensive.

The next Wi-Fi type we will be looking at is 802.11a. The 802.11a is new
technology (but with our technology growing, it most likely won’t be in
a year or so), and transfers up to 54mbps (Witch is 5x greater then
802.11b). This currently runs at 5ghz so there
is less of a chance of it getting interference. The range is a bit shorter.
It is 25 to 75 feet indoors. Although this feature is a bit more
expensive then the 802.11b, the transfer is 5x faster.

Finally, it comes down to 802.11g. 802.11g is becoming the most popular
nowadays, simply because it’s new technology expected to grow rapidly.
Like 802.11a, it transfers at 54mbps and gives you a good range of 100 –
150 feet indoors, and it is a little less expensive then the 802.11a
Wi-Fi. Even then, it is compatible with 802.11b hotspots, but soon all
the 802.11b hotspots will most likely convert to g. The only downside
about 802.11g is that it can interfere with some of your other products –
like a cordless home phone, for example. If your phone’s frequency is
2.4ghz, it will interfere with your wireless simply because it runs at
the same frequency.

All in all, 802.11g is the way to go for having a wireless network
within your home. It is easy, secure, and best of all, fairly fast.
[Peter Barbosa]