Building Wireless Community Networks

Overview

Building Wireless Community Networks is about getting people online using wireless network technology. The 802.11b standard (also known as WiFi) makes it possible to network towns, schools, neighborhoods, small business, and almost any kind of organization. All that's required is a willingness to cooperate and share resources.

The first edition of this book helped thousands of people engage in community networking activities. At the time, it was impossible to predict how quickly...

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Overview

Building Wireless Community Networks is about getting people online using wireless network technology. The 802.11b standard (also known as WiFi) makes it possible to network towns, schools, neighborhoods, small business, and almost any kind of organization. All that's required is a willingness to cooperate and share resources.

The first edition of this book helped thousands of people engage in community networking activities. At the time, it was impossible to predict how quickly and thoroughly WiFi would penetrate the marketplace. Today, with WiFi-enabled computers almost as common as Ethernet, it makes even more sense to take the next step and network your community using nothing but freely available radio spectrum.

This book has showed many people how to make their network available, even from the park bench, how to extend high-speed Internet access into the many areas not served by DSL and cable providers, and how to build working communities and a shared though intangible network. All that's required to create an access point for high-speed Internet connection is a gateway or base station. Once that is set up, any computer with a wireless card can log onto the network and share its resources.

Rob Flickenger built such a network in northern California, and continues to participate in network-building efforts. His nuts-and-bolts guide covers:

  • Selecting the appropriate equipment
  • Finding antenna sites, and building and installing antennas
  • Protecting your network from inappropriate access
  • New network monitoring tools and techniques (new)
  • Regulations affecting wireless deployment (new)
  • IP network administration, including DNS and IP Tunneling (new)

His expertise, as well as his sense of humor and enthusiasm for the topic, makes Building Wireless Community Networks a very useful and readable book for anyone interested in wireless connectivity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596005023
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/2/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 186
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Rob Flickenger has been a professional systems administrator for more than 10 years, and all around hacker for as long as he can remember. Rob enjoys spreading the good word of open networks, open standards, and ubiquitous wireless networking. His current professional project is Metrix Communication LLC, which provides wireless hardware and software that embodies the same open source principles he rants about in his books. Rob also works with the U.N. and various international organizations to bring these ideas to places where communications infrastructure is badly needed. He hopes that all of this effort is contributing toward the ultimate goal of infinite bandwidth everywhere for free. He is the author of two other O'Reilly books: Linux Server Hacks and Wireless Hacks.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Wireless Community Networks

Chapter 2: Defining Project Scope

Chapter 3: Network Layout

Chapter 4: Using Access Points

Chapter 5: Host-Based Networking

Chapter 6: Long-Range Networking

Chapter 7: Other Applications

Chapter 8: Radio Free Planet

Chapter 9: Radio Free Sebastopol

Regulations Affecting 802.11 Deployment

Path Loss Calculations

Simple Scheme Management

Colophon

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