Wireless Networking

An overview of wireless networking and its advantages.

The history of wireless networking began over fifty years ago, prior to World War II, when it was discovered that radio signals could be used for data transmission by the military. The United States Army developed a radio data transmission technology, which was heavily encrypted. This technology was used throughout the campaign with the U.S. and its allies. The military?s use of wireless networking was so impressive that a group of researchers in 1971 at the University of Hawaii moved to develop the first packet-based radio communications network. This paper explains that the result, which was called ALOHNET, was the first wireless local area network (WLAN). The paper explores wireless networking and the advantages that it provides to its users, while serving as a facilitator that advances technology. The paper also includes diagrams.

Table of Contents:
A Brief History of Wireless Networking and Standards
Application Areas
Background on Wireless Networking Environments and How They Work
Advantages of Wireless Networking
The Future of Wireless Networking
“Like cell phones, wireless-equipped laptops within range of a given access point have the ability to communicate with the network. Many systems allow roaming between access points. If a user moves out of range, he will lose the connection. In addition, a single access point can communicate with multiple wireless-equipped laptops, meaning that users share the available bandwidth with other users. If many users are communicating with a single access point, the network connection is likely to slow down.”