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What is wireless networking?

What is wireless networking?

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To answer the question "What is wireless networking?" we should first look at the definition of networking which you can find on WhatIs.com. It states, "in information technology, networking is the construction, design, and use of a network" -- a network being "a series of points or nodes interconnected by communication paths." Whether you are using a telecommunication protocol and computer software to manage the network or establish operation policies or procedures for the network -- these actions constitute "networking," as well.

Now, enter the "wireless" part of this definition: Wireless, as defined by WhatIs.com, is when the series of points in a network are connected, not by wires, but by electromagnetic waves which "carry the signal over part or all of the communication path."

So the creation, use and management of a network without wires is called "wireless networking."

To study more about wireless networking, view SearchMobileComputing.com's wireless networking topic section or SearchNetworking.com's wireless LAN topic section. To learn about other basic networking concepts, view these networking FAQs.

This was first published in November 2009

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