Simple Home Network
Wi-Fi networks allow multiple users to wirelessly access shared resources such as computers, printers, servers and broadband Internet connections. Wi-Fi networks can be simple or complex - depending on your needs. The most common type of Wi-Fi network for personal use is called an infrastructure network - where each device connects to a central point which manages the communications, such as the use of a home broadband internet connection.
The broadband modem connects the network to the Internet through a service provider (e.g. cable or DSL). The Wi-Fi gateway (may be a router or access point depending upon your network), connects the devices on your network to each other and allows them to share the Internet connection created by the broadband modem. The broadband modem and gateway may sometimes be a single device that performs multiple functions.
Wi-Fi networks can include traditional computer equipment like laptops and printers, but can also include a growing range of consumer electronics including televisions, cameras, gaming consoles, media players and mobile phones.