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Wireless Networking Standards

Part of the Home Networking Do-It-Yourself For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you decide to go the wireless route for your home network, you’ll need to know a little bit about the different wireless standards that are available. Relax, despite all of the intimidating technical specifications you may encounter, there are really only a few standards and characteristics you need to understand.

802.11a 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n
Frequency 5 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz
Speed (Data Rate) Up to 54 Mbps Up to 11 Mbps Up to 54 Mbps Up to 300 Mbps
Range 50 feet 150 feet 150 feet 300 feet
Cost Moderate Low Moderate High
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