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This WLAN FAQ provides answers to the most prevalent questions about wireless local-area networks (WLANs). The following WLAN FAQ outlines the differences between wireless and wired networks, the equipment you’ll need, and the benefits you can expect.
A WLAN uses radio waves to transmit data and connect devices to the Internet and to your business network and applications.
A wired network connects devices to the Internet or other networks using cables. In the past, wired networks were sometimes thought to be faster than wireless ones. However, today’s WLANs have minimized that difference.
Many routers act as WLAN access points. You can extend a WLAN’s range with additional wireless access points in various locations. Receiving devices, such as laptops and some cell phones, must also be WLAN capable.
In a wired network, data remains within the cables that connect computers and devices. Because WLANs transmit and receive data through the open air, there’s a greater threat that hackers or intruders can access or corrupt the data.
WLAN security, along with speed, has improved dramatically in recent years. To bolster security, WLANs require: