Build Your Own Wi-Fi Network

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Build a wireless network from start to finish using this easy-to-follow resource. Learn how to choose, install, and configure network cards for use in a new or existing network. Filled with step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and tips this is an ideal hands-on guide for anyone wanting to ditch the cables and have network and Internet access from any location.
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Overview

Build a wireless network from start to finish using this easy-to-follow resource. Learn how to choose, install, and configure network cards for use in a new or existing network. Filled with step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and tips this is an ideal hands-on guide for anyone wanting to ditch the cables and have network and Internet access from any location.
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The costs of wireless networking are plummeting. And the reasons to take the plunge are multiplying -- whether you’re running a small business or a home office, or you simply want to share web connections without drilling holes in your walls. But you’ll have better results and fewer hassles if you do a little planning. Build Your Own Wi-Fi Network has all the up-front information you’ll need.

Shelly Brisbin walks you through the fundamentals of wireless networking, then shows you how to pick the right equipment for your needs: access points, network interface cards, antennas, and accessories. She offers detailed coverage of setting up your computer for Wi-Fi, with examples drawn from Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. Next, there’s a full chapter on “ad hoc Wi-Fi,” which allows two computers with Wi-Fi cards to communicate even if there’s no access point around.

There’s also a sobering look at wireless security. The WEP security protocol built into the Wi-Fi spec leaves a lot to be desired, but Brisbin offers a detailed checklist for improving your network’s security. From troubleshooting to improving performance, this book offers solid advice in usable form. What more could you ask? Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072226249
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 10/22/2002
  • Series: Networking Ser.
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 565,412
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 11.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Wireless Revolution 1
2 IEEE802.11 In Depth 11
3 Choosing a Wireless Acess Point 23
4 Network Adapters and Interfaces 43
5 Antennas and Accessories 51
6 Choosing Internet Access 67
7 Setting Up and Configuring Access Points 79
8 Setting Up Computers for Wi-Fi 109
9 Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi 135
10 Security 153
11 Wi-Fi Applications 185
12 Building a Better Network 193
13 Advanced Wireless Settings and Network Analysis 209
App. A: Glossary 215
App. B Wi-Fi Resources 221
Index 227
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2003

    Good, but wanted more

    The author provides a good introduction, but I felt a bit shortchanged. Not the best book I've read on the subject.

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