Wi-Fi works with no physical wired connection between sender and receiver by using radio signals. The cornerstone of any wireless network is an access point. The primary job of an access point is to broadcast a wireless signal that computers can detect and tune into. In order to connect to an access point and join a wireless network, computers and devices must be equipped with wireless network adapters.
A user with a Wi-Fi Certified product can use any access point with any brand of client hardware that also is Wi-Fi Certified. Products that pass this certification are required to carry an identifying seal on their packaging that states Wi-Fi Certified.
Most desktop computers are not Wi-Fi ready out of the box but can be made wireless with an additional piece of hardware. Most laptops/notebooks/tablets are Wi-Fi ready. To use Wi-Fi at home, a wireless router must be purchased and installed on your computer.
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