Wi-Fi Hotspots: Setting up Public Wireless Internet Access

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Wi-Fi Hotspots

Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access

Installing and operating a Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to attract customers and differentiate your business. Deploying even a small wireless network has proven to be a difficult task for the average consumer, however. With this book as your guide, you can painlessly figure out the requirements for your Wi-Fi hotspot, how to properly set it up, how to ...

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Wi-Fi Hotspots

Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access

Installing and operating a Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to attract customers and differentiate your business. Deploying even a small wireless network has proven to be a difficult task for the average consumer, however. With this book as your guide, you can painlessly figure out the requirements for your Wi-Fi hotspot, how to properly set it up, how to operate it, and how to optimize it for the needs and security of your customers.

Wi-Fi Hotspots helps you throughout the entire process of setting up a hotspot to offer free or fee-based Internet access to the general public:

  • Understand the benefits to your business of hosting a hotspot
  • Decide what type of hotspot you should implement
  • Examine what equipment is best suited for your hotspot
  • Follow step-by-step procedures for setting up your hotspot
  • Get the word out about your hotspot availability
  • Ensure your hotspot is not used improperly
  • Evaluate Wi-Fi security concerns
  • Fix common problems hotspot users face
  • Increase the coverage area of your Wi-Fi hotspot

Whether you are a small business owner looking to attract customers and distinguish your business or you are an IT professional at a larger organization looking to establish hotspot connectivity, this book provides you with everything you need to know in order to provide public wireless Internet access.

Eric Geier is a computing and wireless networking author and consultant. For several years, he’s be employed with Wireless-Nets, Ltd., a consulting firm focusing on the implementation of wireless mobile solutions and training.

Eric is a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). He is an author and contributor of several books and eLearning (CBT) courses. He is a regular contributor at Wi-FiPlanet.com.

For more information about Eric Geier, visit his website at http://www.egeier.com

Companion CD-ROM

The companion CD-ROM contains two software utilities, ZoneCD and NetStumbler, to help you implement and manage your Wi-Fi hotspot.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from

Cisco Press®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.

Category: Wireless Networking

Covers: Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587052668
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Series: Networking Technology Series
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Geier

is a computing and wireless networking author and consultant. For several years, he has been employed with Wireless-Nets, Ltd., a consulting firm focusing on the implementation of wireless mobile solutions and training. Eric is a certified wireless network administrator (CWNA). He is an author of and contributor to several books and eLearning (CBT) courses. He is a regular contributor at Wi-FiPlanet.com.

For more information about Eric, visit his website at http://www.egeier.com.

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Table of Contents

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Part I: The Basics

Chapter 1 The Basics of Wi-Fi Hotspots

Bridging the Gap

Wi-Fi Hot Zones

How Users Find Hotspots

How Wi-Fi Works

Chapter Review

Chapter 2 The Business Side of Hosting a Hotspot

Benefits of Hosting a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Attract People to Your Location

Generate Additional Revenue

Ability to Create a Private Network

Figuring the Costs

Chapter Review

Chapter 3 First Steps to Setting Up a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Step 1: Choose a Hotspot Solution

Solution 1: Simple Free Access Hotspot

Solution 2: Advanced Free Access Hotspot Using ZoneCD

Solution 3: Boingo's Hotspot Network to Provide Paid Access

Solution 4: Free or Paid Access and Private Network Using a Hotspot Gateway

Hotspot Features

Additional Solutions

Step 2: Set Up an Internet Connection

Choosing the Right Internet Connect Type

Usage/Legal Terms of Provider

Getting the Internet Connection

Chapter Review

Part II: Setting Up the Hotspot

Chapter 4 Solution 1: Simple Free Access Hotspot

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Items

Step 2: Set Up the Wireless Router

Step 3: Configure Additional Settings

Accessing the Web-Based Configuration Utility

DHCP User Limit

AP Isolation

VPN Passthrough

Access Restrictions

Blocked Services

Remote Router Access

Web-Based Configuration Utility Access Server

Backup Configuration

Chapter Review

Chapter 5 Solution 2: Advanced Free Access Hotspot Using ZoneCD

Step 1: Choose the Mode and Service

Open Mode

Closed Mode

Services Overview

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Items

What’s Required

Set Up Your Zones (for the Free Service)

Set Up Your Zones (for the Premium Services)

Step 3: Set Up and Configure the Access Points and Routers

Private Wired or Wireless Router

Public Access Point or Wireless Router

Step 4: Perform a Physical Installation

Step 5: Perform ZoneCD Initial Setup

The Boot Process

Open Mode Configuration

Closed Mode (Free Server) Configuration

Closed Mode (Premium Server) Configuration

Check for Proper Operation

What’s Next

Using the Online Administration Tools

Getting Help

Chapter Review

Chapter 6 Solution 3: Join Boingo’s Hotspot Network to Provide Paid Access

Understanding the Solution

Setting Up the Solution

Step 1: Gather the Necessary Items

Step 2: Set Up the Equipment

Step 3: Join Boingo’s Hotspot Network

Step 4: Perform the Physical Installation

Getting Help

Chapter Review

Chapter 7 Solution 4: Free or Paid Access and Private Network Using Hotspot Gateway

Understanding the Solution

Setting Up the Solution

Step 1: Choose the Particular Solution

Step 4: Configure Additional Settings

Step 5: Perform the Physical Installation

Getting Help

Chapter Review

Part III: After Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Is Alive

Chapter 8 Getting the Word Out

Signage

Advertisements

Online Hotspot Directories

Chapter Review

Chapter 9 Fending Off Freeloaders

Physically Hand Out Login Information

Apply Usage Limits

Open/Closed Times

Bandwidth Limits

Spell Out Usage Terms

Monitor Your Hotspot

Chapter Review

Chapter 10 Wi-Fi Safety and Security

Understanding Everyone’s Responsibilities

Hotspot Administrator/Owner Responsibilities

Inform Users of the Risks

Give Users Safety and Security Tips

Enable VPN Passthrough

Isolate Clients

Filter Hotspot Content

Secure User Information

User Responsibilities

Beware of the Risks

Follow the Safety and Security Tips

Use VPN Connections

Use Secure (SSL) Websites

Disable File Sharing

Use a Personal Firewall

Keep an Eye on Valuables

Chapter Review

Chapter 11 Common Problems and Fixes

Unable to See/Connect to the Wi-Fi Hotspot

What the User Should Do

What You Should Do

Frequent Disconnections

What the User Should Do

What You Should Do

Poor Performance

What the User Should Do

What You Should Do

Internet Connection Unavailable

What the User Should Do

What You Should Do

Where to Find More Help

Chapter Review

Chapter 12 Increasing Your Hotspot’s Wireless Coverage

Higher-Gain Antenna

Purchasing

Installation

Wireless Repeaters

Purchasing

Installation

Adding Access Points

Preinstallation Site Survey

Configuring the APs

Physical Installation

Chapter Review

Chapter 13 Using Wi-Fi Networks

Keeping Your Operating System Up-to-Date

Enabling and Disabling Your Network Adapter

Using the Start Menu

Using the System Tray

Toggling Between Windows XP and the Manufacturer Utility

Enabling/Disabling the Windows XP Utility

Starting/Stopping the Wireless Zero Configuration Service

Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network Using the Windows XP Configuration Utility

Checking the Connection Status

Using the System Tray

Using the Status Window

Editing Your Preferred Network List

Accessing the Preferred Network List

Changing the Preferred Order

Adding a Preferred Network

Advanced Options

Sharing Files

Enabling Shared Folders

Accessing Shared Folders

Sharing Printers

Enabling Shared Printers

Adding Shared Printers to Computers

Chapter Summary

Part IV: Appendix

Appendix A Understanding Wi-Fi Signals

Glossary

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