The Linksys Instant Wireless Network Access Point is easy to install (just plug in and it's ready to go) and easy to use--Windows-based diagnostic and statistical tools ensure complete control. WAP11 is configurable through a USB port or an Ethernet connection and is fully interoperable with IEEE 802.11b (DSSS) 2.4 GHz-compliant equipment. It comes complete with an AC adapter, a CD-ROM, a user's manual, a registration card, two detachable antennas, and a USB cable. Linksys's WAP11 is compatible with PCs with USB support or Ethernet connection; running Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000 Professional, or NT 4.0; and having at least 500 KB hard disk space.
Linksys provides a one-year parts and labor warranty on the WAP11 and provides free technical support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (North America only).
Please note that the Wireless Signal Booster is certified by the FCC for use with the WAP11--Wireless Access Point and BEFW11S4--Wireless Access Point Router only.
See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.
Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere -- without wires. Outside of the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, airports -- great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.
Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.
To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.