What is a distinguishing attribute of a wireless network as compared to a general wireless communication system?
Answer: In a wireless network, communications takes place between computer devices.
What types of information does a wireless network support?
Answer: E-mails, messages, web pages, database records, streaming video, and voice.
What are the four types of wireless networks?
Answer: Wireless PAN, LAN, MAN, and WAN.
What is the typical maximum range of a wireless PAN?
Answer: 50 feet.
True or false: A wireless PAN consumes little power from small handheld computer devices.
What is a common standard for wireless LANs?
Answer: IEEE 802.11 or Wi-Fi.
What relatively new standard applies to wireless MANs?
Answer: IEEE 802.16.
Why do wireless WANs not effectively satisfy requirements for indoor wireless networks?
Answer: Wireless WAN systems are generally installed outdoors, and the signals lose strength before reaching the inside of the facility.
What is a common application of wireless networks in homes and small offices?
Answer: Sharing Internet connections among multiple, mobile computers is a common application.
What are examples of applications for wireless WANs?
Answer: Access to Internet applications from outdoor locations, realestate transactions, field-service and sales calls, vending-machine status, and utility-meter reading are a few examples.