Taking Your Small Business Wireless
Small businesses have unique requirements for their technology investments. Wireless networking is no exception.
Small businesses demand flexibility on a budget, and while going wireless is on the technological cutting edge, it doesnt have to cut into your finances. When contemplating a wireless move, the first decision youll need to make is where your employees will be spending most of their time. If you have an office, equipping it with a wireless network can be much less expensive than laying new wiring. For most tasks, the most popular standard, 802.11b, will be fine. Two faster wireless standards are now available; choose products based on 802.11g for the best compatibility with 802.11b gear. Setting up a wireless access point is easy if you have DSL. Simply purchase a broadband router and connect it to your DSL line. If your office is very large, you may need a stronger antenna or a repeater from a company such as D-Link or Linksys. For now, these repeaters work only with the same brand of access point. Another caveat: Make sure security is configured properly on your access point so only your employees can access your files.
You can make most laptops wireless by adding a Wi-Fi PC Card from a company such as 3Com or Linksys. Any notebook computer with the "Centrino" label from Intel will also work on a Wi-Fi network. Furthermore, these notebooks will work at many hotels and other venues, such as certain Starbucks, Borders Books, and even a few McDonalds, that are adopting wireless network technology.