I run both hardwire and wireless LAN. The 3 desk tops and printers are on the 10/100 wired LAN and a laptop can float. That way, I can do just a Jay suggests and get out on the deck (this buds for you). Anyway, I need the wired LAN because I transfer gigabytes of data for business purposes so I need the speed. For internet and most other uses, I don't have any problems with the slower wireless.