Wireless Network

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What Does Wireless Network Mean?

Wireless networks are computer networks that are not connected by cables of any kind. The use of a wireless network enables enterprises to avoid the costly process of introducing cables into buildings or as a connection between different equipment locations. The basis of wireless systems are radio waves, an implementation that takes place at the physical level of network structure.

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Techopedia Explains Wireless Network

Wireless networks use radio waves to connect devices such as laptops to the Internet, the business network and applications. When laptops are connected to Wi-Fi hot spots in public places, the connection is established to that business’s wireless network.

There are four main types of wireless networks:

  • Wireless Local Area Network (LAN): Links two or more devices using a wireless distribution method, providing a connection through access points to the wider Internet.
  • Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (MAN): Connects several wireless LANs.
  • Wireless Wide Area Network (WAN): Covers large areas such as neighboring towns and cities.
  • Wireless Personal Area Network (PAN): Interconnects devices in a short span, generally within a person’s reach.
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