A Story Problem: What allows users to connect to the internet without using wires?
Technology: Learn how this technology works.
Application: Wireless networking can be used for file and resource sharing on  PAN's, LAN's, and WAN's.
Concerns: Understand the health concerns and security risks.
Feasibility: How practical is this technology? Will the average person ever use it?
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The Author: Nicholas I Ward
Nicholas Ward holds a BA in Communication. He has worked at Radio Shack since 1996 offering networking solutions as they have evolved on the consumer market. 

A Story Problem

“Bob, I need those files right away!” the message read.  It was from Julie, a fellow employee.  The files were part of a deal for a long time client of their company.  Bob quickly closed his email program, accessed the directory holding the necessary files and transferred them.  Having finished with his email, he decided to read the morning news and logged into his hometown newspaper's web site. 

Where was Bob?

Virtually, he was on the Internet running an email client program, a file transfer protocol program, and a Web browser. But physically he was:

A. In his office cubical down the hall from Julie.
B. At home on his computer across town from the office
C. On a beach in Hawaii.

The answer is yes.  All are possible with today's newest technology -- Wireless Networking. 


Wireless networking is allowing users to connect to the Internet without copper wires.  The connection is made through the use of a radio transmissions between the user's computer and an Internet access point.

A Story Problem
Read the story above carefully, then answer the question.
Wireless networking is very similar to cellular systems.
Uses for a wireless network.  PAN, LAN, and WAN
Security measures for wireless networking.  Health concerns with radio transmissions.
Cost, availability, and standardization necessary to  realize wireless networking.

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