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The first edition of this book has quickly become the best-selling guide for Wi-Fi users around the world. Master technical author, Jeff Duntemann, makes tangled Wi-Fi technological issues very comprehensible. Jeff explains the blizzard of Wi-Fi concepts and standards, including the new 802.11g, the complex and fluky security issues, and shows users how to protect themselves from both obvious and non-obvious threats. He also covers the human element in the Wi-Fi movement, including hacker threats and Wi-Fi ...

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The first edition of this book has quickly become the best-selling guide for Wi-Fi users around the world. Master technical author, Jeff Duntemann, makes tangled Wi-Fi technological issues very comprehensible. Jeff explains the blizzard of Wi-Fi concepts and standards, including the new 802.11g, the complex and fluky security issues, and shows users how to protect themselves from both obvious and non-obvious threats. He also covers the human element in the Wi-Fi movement, including hacker threats and Wi-Fi communities. Jeff's coverage of wardriving has been highly praised by many Wi-Fi experts and the top Wi-Fi Web sites. Many technical drawings clarify difficult concepts, with abundant Web pointers to further information. The book features numerous hands-on projects that can dramatically increase the performance of home and small business Wi-Fi systems. Some of the important and new topics covered in the book include:

  • Money-saving Wi-Fi network design and implementation techniques
  • Wi-Fi communities
  • Access points and gateways
  • Security and privacy
  • Wireless security auditing with WarLinux and Kismet
  • The art of wardriving
  • How to create powerful low-cost antennas
  • How to protect yourself against clever hackers
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Any fool can plug in a wireless access point. But what if you want to secure your wireless network? Deploy wireless at your company, without overspending? Build a public access point? Improve performance or range? Centrally manage many access points? For that, you’ll want Jeff Duntemann’s assistance.

Duntemann’s wireless roots go all the way back to ham radio. He has a refreshingly old-fashioned willingness to get his hands dirty and discover what really works. And he’s written a remarkably thorough guidebook. It’s all here: Wi-Fi network design, hardware, testing, wireless on the road, WEP and WPA security, bridging networks, even wardriving (doing it and defending against it). Our favorite part: connecting with distant access points by building a tin can gain antenna. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932111880
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

JEFF DUNTEMANN is the Editor-in-Chief of Visual Developer magazine, former editor of Turbo Technix and PC Techniques, the "Structured Programming"columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal, and has written and edited more than twenty programming books.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Making connections by cutting the cables 1
Ch. 2 Networking, ethernet-style 23
Ch. 3 Your net and the internet 43
Ch. 4 Designing your Wi-Fi network 67
Ch. 5 Wi-Fi communities 91
Ch. 6 Access points and gateways 113
Ch. 7 Wi-Fi client adapters 145
Ch. 8 Antennas, cables, and connectors 173
Ch. 9 Putting it together and testing it out 209
Ch. 10 Wi-Fi warriors on the road 253
Ch. 11 The problem of the speckled axe 269
Ch. 12 What Hackers can do and how you can thwart them 281
Ch. 13 WEP (wired equivalency privacy) 293
Ch. 14 WPA and the future of Wi-Fi security 305
Ch. 15 Setting up WEP and WPA security 325
Ch. 16 The tin can bandwidth expander 351
Ch. 17 Bridging two networks 375
Ch. 18 Building a parabolic mesh reflector 395
Ch. 19 Going wardriving 411
Ch. 20 NetStumbler's log files 437
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2004

    The latest WiFi scene

    In 2003, Duntemann came out with the first edition of this book and it was well received. Now, scarcely a year late, he has brought forth the second edition. One could be cynical and say that a second edition is in part to trigger users of the first edition to upgrade, much as some hardware and software vendors might so. But WiFi has been growing rapidly on several fronts. It is a measure of its vitality that in the space of a year, this new edition is indeed useful. Here are the salient recent developments, as explained by Duntemann. For starters, the IEEE 802.11g is now well defined and a slew of products has become available that support it. So much so that Duntemann recommends that you consider 802.11a products obsoleted by these, in most circumstances. Related to this, he provides an updated assessment of many types of 802.11 hardware. A common need by some WiFi users who travel is knowledge of public hotspots. A chapter is devoted to this topic, with summaries of major networks like Boingo and T-Mobile. A field in major flux. Every text on WiFi talks about security. Because when you use wireless, anyone in the vicinity could evesdrop. But this book is slightly unusual in the amount of attention devoted to it. Fully 5 chapters (a quarter of the book) expound on security. The level of this discussion is necessarily technical. But not forbiddingly so. Hopefully, most of you can glean something from this, if you pay attention.

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