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Basic Wi-Fi Components and Terminology

The following content is being provided for informational purposes to familiarize end-users with basic terminology and components of Wi-Fi technology.

Autonomous access point: Stand-alone Wi-Fi hub that allows any computer with a Wi-Fi network adapter to communicate with another computer and to connect to the Internet. This device is typically used in an enterprise or corporate environment with many users.

Ad hoc, peer-to-peer or computer-to-computer network: A communication configuration where every computer has the same capabilities and any computer can initiate a communication session. Also known as a peer-to-peer or computer-to-computer network.

Broadband Wi-Fi router: Stand-alone Wi-Fi hub that allows any computer that has a Wi-Fi network adapter to communicate with another computer and to connect to the Internet. This device is typically used in a home or small-office environment with a relatively small number of users.

Client computer: The computer gets its Internet connection by sharing either the host computer's connection or the AP/router's connection.

Infrastructure network: Wi-Fi network centered around an access point (AP) or broadband Wi-Fi router. In this environment, the AP not only provides communication with the wired network, but also mediates Wi-Fi network traffic in the immediate neighborhood.

Internet service provider (ISP): Subscribers get access to the Internet from their homes, small businesses or corporate networks by paying the ISP for service.

Lightweight access point (LWAP): Scaled-down access point that funnels user authentication and association requests to a central Wi-Fi switch.

Modem: DSL, cable, or other types of hardware connected to both the AP/router and external line leading to an ISP.

Wi-Fi network adapter: A hardware device (embedded in the client or an external PCMCIA card) on client stations consisting of a radio and antenna(s) used for transmitting and receiving Wi-Fi frames. Antennas may also be integrated into the client device itself.

Wi-Fi switch: Control point for a group of lightweight access points (LWAP) or autonomous APs.

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6200
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6205 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6230
Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235
Intel® Centrino® Ultimate-N 6300
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 105
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 135
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2200 For Desktop
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 for Desktop
Intel® Dual Band Wireless-N 7260
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2915ABG Network Connection
Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection
Intel® WiFi Link 1000
Intel® WiFi Link 5300 and Intel® WiFi Link 5100 products
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products
Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Intel® Wireless-N 7260

Solution ID: CS-025320
Last Modified: 01-Oct-2014
Date Created: 27-Dec-2006
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