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An Overview of Wireless Network Concepts

An Overview of Wireless Network Concepts
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Author(s): Biju Issac (Swinburne University of Technology, Malaysia)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 7
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch480


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Wireless networks and the subsequent mobile communication are growing by leaps and bounds in the past years and the demand for connection without cables is certainly high. Nowadays, wireless networks are quite common and can be found on university campuses, corporate offices and in public places like hotels, airports, coffee shops and so forth. Not only are mobile devices getting smaller and cheaper, they are also becoming more efficient and powerful, capable of running applications and network services. This is causing the uncontrollable growth of mobile computing as we are witnessing today. Among the many number of applications and services that are executed by mobile devices, network and data services are in high demand. Brief descriptions of some selective wireless technologies that help mobile computing, like IEEE 802.11 networks (with infrastructure mode and ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth, HomeRF, WiMAX and cellular technologies are given below.

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