what is wireless LAN technology?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    WLANs and other Wireless Technologies

    Wireless LANs use electromagnetic airwaves (radio and infrared) to communicate information from one point to another without relying on any physical connection. Radio waves are often referred to as radio carriers because they simply perform the function of delivering energy to a remote receiver. The data being transmitted is superimposed on the radio carrier so that it can be accurately extracted at the receiving end. This is generally referred to as modulation of the carrier by the information being transmitted. Once data is superimposed (modulated) onto the radio carrier, the radio signal occupies more than a single frequency, since the frequency or bit rate of the modulating information adds to the carrier.

  • 1 decade ago

    A wireless LAN or WLAN is a wireless local area network, which is the linking of two or more computers without using wires. It uses radio communication to accomplish the same functionality that a wired LAN has. WLAN utilizes spread-spectrum technology based on radio waves to enable communication between devices in a limited area, also known as the basic service set. This gives users the mobility to move around within a broad coverage area and still be connected to the network.

    This technology is becoming more and more popular, especially with the rapid emergence of small portable devices such as PDAs (personal digital assistants).

    Wireless networking was first developed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), who as of 2006 is engaged in a controversial battle with software and hardware giants looking to undermine the royalties of the patents held by CSIRO on these technologies.

    Wireless LANs offer users an array of benefits ranging from cost efficiency to seamless integration with other networks.

    The benefits Wireless LANs include:

    CAMP: Convenience, Affordability, Mobility, Productivity

    Deployment advantages: Installation flexibility, speed and scalability

    Regions without or with limited wired infrastructure can easily establish wireless communication

    Wireless networks have a better chance of surviving disasters

    802.11 wireless LANs, WiMAX and 3G+ cellular networks promise high bandwidths, global mobility, quality of service and seamless integration with one another.

  • 1 decade ago

    it was called WiFi internet. meaning using wireless LAN.

    Wi-Fi, also, WiFi, Wi-fi or wifi, is a brand originally licensed by the Wi-Fi Alliance to describe the underlying technology of wireless local area networks (WLAN) based on the IEEE 802.11 specifications.

    Wi-Fi was developed to be used for mobile computing devices, such as laptops, in LANs, but is now increasingly used for more applications, including Internet and VoIP phone access, gaming, and basic connectivity of consumer electronics such as televisions and DVD players, or digital cameras. There are even more standards in development that will allow Wi-Fi to be used by cars in highways in support of an Intelligent Transportation System to increase safety, gather statistics, and enable mobile commerce IEEE 802.11p.

    A person with a Wi-Fi device, such as a computer, telephone, or personal digital assistant (PDA) can connect to the Internet when in proximity of an access point. The region covered by one or several access points is called a hotspot. Hotspots can range from a single room to many square miles of overlapping hotspots. Wi-Fi can also be used to create a Wireless mesh network. Both architectures are used in Wireless community network, municipal wireless networks like Wireless Philadelphia [1], and metro-scale networks like M-Taipei [2].

    Wi-Fi also allows connectivity in peer-to-peer mode, which enables devices to connect directly with each other. This connectivity mode is useful in consumer electronics and gaming applications.

    When the technology was first commercialized there were many problems because consumers could not be sure that products from different vendors would work together. The Wi-Fi Alliance began as a community to solve this issue so as to address the needs of the end user and allow the technology to mature. The Alliance created another brand "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED" to denote products are interoperable with other products displaying the "Wi-Fi CERTIFIED" brand.

    for more info, visit >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wifi

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