Finding Answers through Newsgroups
When your network equipment isn't working or you have questions before you purchase hardware, newsgroups are a good place to check in. You don't need to take the time to configure a newsgroup reader. You can read through and search newsgroups using your Web browser.
Google Groups (www.groups.google.com)
Google Groups (Figure 6.9) offers a searchable interface to
newsgroups, with an archive that goes back to the mid-1990s. Since
you're probably more interested in getting the latest information,
the site can help there too, offering the capability to
Figure 6.9. Google
Getting Assistance from Mailing Lists
If you don't mind a few more messages in your inbox every day, a mailing list can be a good way to keep informed about wireless LANs. You can typically sign up to receive the e-mail messages as they are submitted, or all at once, in digest form.
Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists (www.paml.net)
Not sure where to start? You can find mailing lists here, as well as an archive of messages. The Mail Archive Site (Figure 6.10) offers a searchable archive of mailing lists.
Figure 6.10. Publicly Accessible Mailing Lists' Web site.
Wireless LAN (WLAN) Mailing List
Looking Toward the Future
If you're looking for the latest trends in wireless equipment,
What better place to start than a web site that has 802.11 in
Figure 6.11. 802.11- Planet's Web site.
Staying on top of wireless LAN technology can be daunting. You can keep abreast of new technologies that are introduced nearly daily at IDG.net, a web site that pulls together the content of a number of trade magazines and is fully searchable.
These resources should help you get more work done with your
wireless LAN and
Buying the right equipment at a reasonable cost is easy if you
know where to look. First stop, the Internet. Here you'll find
great advice from experts and users on which wireless technologies
will work best for your environment. Once you know what technology
you want, it's time to search for the make and model you'll
purchase. With this information in hand, you can find a great deal
by using web sites that consolidate pricing information from
A range of free, Internet-based web sites and services can help
you stay on top of your wireless LAN. Both professional sources,
such as trade magazines, and