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.