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More Home Networking Choices

Boot Camp feature for Tuesday, February 26, 2002

If you've got more than one PC in your household... your networking choices are growing. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. More and more homes are adding second or even third computers. Parents or students may have notebook PCs to add to the mix. There are lots of ways to link them together to share high speed Internet access, hard drive space and printers. One of the leaders in the networking field is Linksys... where Diana Ying tells us you can opt for a wireless network... or use existing wires in your home... .

"The latest is power line networking which works at 14 megabits per second. It allows you to connect your PCs through your power outlets and you can also use the power line cable DSL router for example to share out your broadband connection with all of your networked PCs.

The numerous power outlets throughout your home are the chief advantages along with the speed. Home phone line networks... which use existing phone wiring... are about thirty percent slower... as are most wireless networks today. The chief drawback is the pricing of the power line networking equipment... about 150 dollars per PC. The good news is Linksys allows you to mix different kinds of networks together... .

"Linksys actually covers all different kinds of networking technologies including wired Ethernet, wireless, phone line, power line and you can also mix and match all of our different product lines through bridging devices depending upon your needs. So for example, if you were working in an office building with a lot of metal or glass that was not optimal for wireless data transfer, you could mix or match parts of your network to operate over power line, for example."

Setting up a network is usually easier than you think and many products don't even require you to open up your PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.