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Wireless Networking - Chapter Summary
This entertaining chapter offers the comprehensive overview you need to gain a quality understanding of wireless networking. Bite-sized lessons closely examine wireless transmission characteristics, WLAN protocols and related concepts. This chapter's self-paced format lets you choose which lessons to view and visit as often as you'd like. Paired with each lesson is a multiple-choice quiz you can use to test your understanding of concepts covered. Study this chapter at your own pace to strengthen your knowledge of wireless networking. When you're finished, you will be able to:
- List and describe components of wireless transmission
- Identify and discuss different communication and wireless computing devices
- Explain the uses and types of short-range wireless communication
- Provide a description of medium-range wireless communication and its uses
- Describe microwave, satellite, 3G and other forms of wide-area wireless communication
- Define an access point and discuss the particularities of routing in wireless networks
- Discuss types and characteristics of WLAN protocols
1. Wireless Transmission Characteristics: Components & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn the concepts of wireless transmission and its components. You will study the basics of antennas, frequency ranges, signal types and signal strength.
2. Communication & Wireless Computing Devices: GPS, PDA, Cellular & Satellite
A large number of different devices use wireless communications networks. Learn about the different types of devices and which communication signals they use.
3. Short-Range Wireless Communication: Bluetooth, ZigBee & Infrared Transmission
Short-range wireless communication uses signals that travel from a few centimeters to several meters. Learn about some of the most widely used types of short-range wireless technologies.
4. Medium-Range Wireless Communication: Wi-Fi & Hotspots
WiFi is the most widely used medium-range wireless communication technology. Learn how WiFi standards and access points are used to create hotspots for Internet access.
5. Wide-Area Wireless Communication: Microwave, Satellite, 3G, 4G & WiMAX
Wide-area wireless communication travels large distances, from several kilometers to thousands of kilometers. Learn how much of the world's communication uses microwaves in cellular networks, WiMAX and satellite communications.
6. Routing in Wireless Networks: Access Point & Process
This lesson introduces an important wireless area networking concept called Wireless Access Points that connect multiple devices to a network using wireless technology. The lesson covers routing in wireless networks with Wireless Access Points, types of set-ups and the applications of Wireless Access Points.
7. WLAN Protocols: Types & Characteristics
In this lesson we will examine the different types of WLAN protocols. We will see how each protocol evolved in development over time from the first created standard. We will also understand their different characteristics and highlight their pros and cons.
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Other chapters within the Computer Science 108: Introduction to Networking course
- Computer Networking Fundamentals
- Networking Standards & the OSI Model
- Transmission & Networking Media
- The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol Model
- TCP/IP Mail Services & Network Troubleshooting
- Network Topologies & Ethernet Standards
- Network Hardware
- Wide Area Networks
- Virtual Networks
- Network Security
- Voice & Video Communication Over IP