Windows XP Unwired: A Guide for Home, Office, and the Road

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From the growing number of Wi-Fi hotspots to the escalating sales of laptops and other portable wireless-enabled devices, it's clear that wireless technology is here and poised to play an increasingly important role in all our lives. Going wireless is a little like taking the training wheels off your first bike—once you taste the freedom, you don't want to go back to what you had before. Moreover, dramatic improvements in wireless technology in the last few years coupled with the growing affordability of wireless...

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Overview

From the growing number of Wi-Fi hotspots to the escalating sales of laptops and other portable wireless-enabled devices, it's clear that wireless technology is here and poised to play an increasingly important role in all our lives. Going wireless is a little like taking the training wheels off your first bike—once you taste the freedom, you don't want to go back to what you had before. Moreover, dramatic improvements in wireless technology in the last few years coupled with the growing affordability of wireless equipment make going wireless all the more attractive. And if you're a Windows XP user, it's even better. Windows XP contains many built-in supports for wireless computing, making it an ideal platform for going mobile.In Windows XP Unwired, you'll learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing wireless services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Windows XP, including Wi-Fi (802.11b, a, and g), infrared, Bluetooth, CDMA2000, and GPRS. You'll learn how to set up your first wireless network using popular products from Linksys and D-Link. You'll also get a good understanding of the limitations and liabilities of each wireless technology.Other topics covered in the book include:

  • Connecting to wireless hotspots
  • Using Microsoft's Smart Display to go wireless without a laptop
  • Putting GPS technology to use
  • Wireless Security
Windows XP Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for technically savvy Windows XP users. Whether you're considering wireless as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in your home or office, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Windows XP, and how to take advantage of them.

In "Windows XP Unwired" readers learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why they'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up a wireless network or accessing wireless services on the road.

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Windows XP contains far more wireless support than most users realize. Whether you’re a road warrior or you simply want to connect two home PCs, this book walks you through your options -- and gives you step-by-step instructions once you’ve made your choices.

Wei-Meng Lee walks you through setting up your own wireless network with popular Linksys and D-Link equipment and finding hotspots when you’re on the road. There’s a full, realistic chapter on security (for heavens sake, change that default SSID right now -- but don’t stop there.)

Many discussions of wireless networking begin and end with Wi-Fi. Not this one. Lee knows Bluetooth backward and forward, and he shows exactly how to make the most of it, configuring and connecting with both Bluetooth access points and Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PCs. (Lee also covers crucial issues such as interference between Bluetooth and 802.11b and 802.11g networks).

There’s also a full chapter on IrDA infrared support in Windows XP, including file transfer and security. And, if you’re going where no Wi-Fi hotspot has gone before you, Lee discusses your options for cellular networking -- from 1G through advanced 3G/GPRS (if you’re lucky enough to find it).

You’ll find thorough coverage of Global Positioning Systems, including using Microsoft Streets and Trips with GPS to track your location throughout North America. There’s even coverage of Smart Displays: Windows XP–compatible wireless touch screens that let you surf the Web from your couch, without moving your PC or notebook even an inch. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596005368
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Wei-Meng Lee is an experienced author and developer specializing in .NET. He has co-authored many books on XML and mobile application development. He is also a contributing author to SQL Server Magazine, Visual Studio Magazine, and .NET Magazine. His first book for O'Reilly, Windows XP Unwired, was released in August 2003.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Wireless Networking Fundamentals
  • Chapter 2: Wi-Fi on Your Notebook
  • Chapter 3: Wi-Fi on the Road
  • Chapter 4: Communicating Securely
  • Chapter 5: Configuring Wireless Access Points
  • Chapter 6: Bluetooth
  • Chapter 7: Infrared
  • Chapter 8: Cellular Networking
  • Chapter 9: Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Chapter 10: Microsoft Smart Display and Remote Desktop
  • Colophon

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