Wi-Fi Toys: 15 Cool Wireless Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment (ExtremeTech Series)

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  • This ultra-cool volume invites readers to tap into your inner geek and build seventeen ultra-cool wireless devices including a solar powered access point, a wireless picture frame that dynamically changes its own photos, and even a wireless car-to-car audio and video system
  • With a few simple tools, some off-the-shelf parts, and this book, readers will be creating wireless devices they never thought were possible-toys that certainly can't be ...
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Overview

  • This ultra-cool volume invites readers to tap into your inner geek and build seventeen ultra-cool wireless devices including a solar powered access point, a wireless picture frame that dynamically changes its own photos, and even a wireless car-to-car audio and video system
  • With a few simple tools, some off-the-shelf parts, and this book, readers will be creating wireless devices they never thought were possible-toys that certainly can't be found at the local computer store
  • Written by the cofounder and members of the Southern California Wireless Users Group, this book provides readers with hands-on instruction and insider tips and tricks from those who are on the bleeding edge of wireless technology
  • New addition to the ExtremeTech line of books-books for serious technophiles
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“…capture that sense of physics experimentation class and draw your curiosity in…” (Linux Magazine, February 2005)

“…well written, generously illustrated and sure to spark the imagination of Wi-Fi tinkerers everywhere…” (PC Utilities, August 2004)

"The cable building chapter alone justifies purchasing this fascinating book. I'm trying the Car-to-Car WiFi Video project next!" (Jim Sutton, Wireless Tech Radio)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764558948
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Series: ExtremeTech Series , #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Outmesguine is president and founder of TransStellar, Inc., a successful technology services company focusing on wireless mobility and energy infor-mation systems. He is also co-founder of the Southern California Wireless Users Group, a video-game aficionado, and a fan of long wardrives on the beach.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction.

PART I: BUILDING ANTENNAS.

Chapter 1: Building Your Own Wi-Fi Antenna Cable.

Chapter 2: Building a Classic Paperclip Antenna.

Chapter 3: Building a Directional Tin Can Antenna.

Chapter 4: Modifying Your Access Point with a High-Gain Antenna.

PART II: WAR DRIVING—WIRELESS NETWORK DISCOVERY AND VISUALIZATION.

Chapter 5: Gearing Up for War Driving.

Chapter 6: War Driving with NetStumbler.

Chapter 7: Mapping Your War Driving Results.

PART III: PLAYING WITH ACCESS POINTS.

Chapter 8: Build Your Own Outdoor Access Point.

Chapter 9: Building a Solar-Powered Wireless Repeater.

Chapter 10: Creating a Free Wireless Hotspot.

Chapter 11: Playing Access Point Games.

PART IV: JUST FOR FUN.

Chapter 12: Wi-Fi Your TiVo.

Chapter 13: Create a Long-Distance Wi-Fi Link.

Chapter 14: Deploy a Car-to-Car Wireless Video Link.

Chapter 15: Making a Dynamic Wireless Digital Picture Frame.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    No WarChalking

    If the author had come of age in the 1920s, he'd have been one of those radio hobbyist freaks. Endlessly tinkering with his antennas for that little extra gain. Not unlike what goes on in this book! He writes for the hands on hardware gadgeteer. WarDriving gets a lot of space here. Partly because if properly done, it is such fun. Finding all these often open WiFi nets, that are invisible to all the mundanes around you. That is probably what has driven its popularity. Being able to see what most miss. Other topics are also covered, like long distance WiFi. Here, surprisingly, WiMax is not mentioned at all. Instead, the author talks about extending your standard WiFi apparatus. Oh well, still early days for WiMax. One reassuring detail. No mention at all about WarChalking. This is basically an urban myth/prank that became a meme. Actual WarDrivers rarely, if ever, do this. Helps his credibility that he omits it.

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