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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 XPcompatible 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.