The most popular network method because of the low price of
the network cards, reliability and speed; but it can be a
pain to run the wires through your home.
Wireless 802.11b: 11 Mbps
802.11b is now the standard for wireless networking in both
the home and business. It has become inexpensive, has good
speed but may not is not apporporiate for secure
Wireless 802.11a: 54 Mbps
A new standard for wireless ethernet, 802.11a is
incompatible with 802.11b and g. It does however offer
amazing speeds for a wireless network.
HomePNA 2.0 (Phone
HPNA, PhoneLine or HomePNA networking works over the
existing copper telephone wires in your home without
interfering with voice or DSL communications. HomePNA 3.0
will push the speed up to 100Mbps when it comes out!
Alternative networking technologies are often used to
supplement a primary network. The can be 'bridged' to other
networks to creats a seamless infrastructure.
Ethernet: Gigabit - 1000TX
The fastest network technology available to the home or
small business, gigabit ethernet comes built in to most Mac
systems now. As the name suggests, gigabit ethernet runs at
Wireless 802.11g: 22 Mbps
An uprgade to 802.11b, the 802.11g standard doubles the
speed of 802.11b while retaining compatibility.
Firewire Networking - 400Mbps
Modern operating systems now support networking over
firewire cables. Most appropriate for short distances,
firewire is FAST and inexpensive to install. Great for
transferring huge video files between computers! 800Mbps
firewire is on it's way too!
A new wireless networking technology, bluetooth has recently
made an appearance. It is easy to implement and will be
VERY inexpensive soon. Because of its low speed (1.5Mbps)
it is not appropriate as a replacement for other networks
but IS valuable (as apple will soon prove).
Wireless HomeRF 2.0: 10Mbps
Developed to compete with 802.11b, HomeRF made a brief
appearance and died off. Siemens and Proxim were the main
Powerline networking has also recently made an appearance,
but is very expensive - about $125+ per computer.