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Linux + wireless = freedom. But freedom isn’t free: You have to know something to make the most of wireless on your Linux notebook, desktop, or other device. That’s where Linux Unwired comes in. It covers all the technologies, from standard 802.11b and 802.11g to infrared, Bluetooth, and cellphone networks. And it covers virtually everything you’d want to do: connecting to hotspots, finding them, mapping them, creating them, securing them, you name it.
As the authors note, “Wireless support on Linux has come a long way.” This book takes you the rest of the way. If you haven’t bought your Wi-Fi card yet, they tell you which ones offer the best Linux support. You’ll learn what you need to know about installation and configuration: everything from providing PCMCIA support to installing Linux Wireless Tools to recompiling your kernel (often still necessary).
Linux Unwired walks you through getting on a network, then presents a full chapter on security -- including your options for WPA support. (Unfortunately, you can’t use your Linux box as a WPA authenticator yet. But that’s in progress. The authors tell you who’s doing the work.)
There’s detailed coverage of Linux-friendly access points, including a lengthy chapter on building your own. Next, the authors turn to alternative wireless technologies, beginning with Bluetooth. There’s coverage of infrared syncing with Palms and Pocket PCs, cellular data connections, even GPS.
Along the way, there are plenty of tips, workarounds, troubleshooting solutions, pointers to third-party drivers and open source add-ons, sample settings, diagrams...everything you need to make wireless Linux work. 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.