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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. 

 
Application

Wireless networking is currently used at three different levels where each level operates up to a certain range or distance from the Wireless Access Point.

Personal Area Networks 30-100 feet
Local Area Networks 500 ft.
Wide Are Networks ¾ mile.

PANís are used for networking home computers or computers in a small office.  This type of network is excellent for sharing resources such as printers, scanners, and software.

LANís are used for networking an entire building. This network also shares resources, but could allow users to update the shipping manifest from the loading dock. 

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WANís could be used to network an entire college campus.  The University of Florida allows students to access the college library, register for classes, and surf the net while relaxing in the sun or riding a bus to class. 

A Story Problem
Technology
Application
Concerns
Feasibility
Read the story 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 transmission.
Cost, availability, and standardization necessary to  realize wireless networking.

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