Wireless Hacks: Tips & Tools for Building, Extending, and Securing Your Network [NOOK Book]

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The popularity of wireless networking has grown exponentially over the past few years, despite a general downward trend in the telecommunications industry. More and more computers and users worldwide communicate via radio waves every day, cutting the tethers of the cabled network both at home and at work.

Wireless technology changes not only the way we talk to our devices, but also what we ask them to do. With greater flexibility, broader range, and increased mobility, wireless ...

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Wireless Hacks: Tips & Tools for Building, Extending, and Securing Your Network

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Overview

The popularity of wireless networking has grown exponentially over the past few years, despite a general downward trend in the telecommunications industry. More and more computers and users worldwide communicate via radio waves every day, cutting the tethers of the cabled network both at home and at work.

Wireless technology changes not only the way we talk to our devices, but also what we ask them to do. With greater flexibility, broader range, and increased mobility, wireless networks let us live, work, and think differently. Wireless networks also open up a vast range of tasty new hack possibilities, from fine-tuning network frequencies to hot-rodding handhelds.

The second edition of Wireless Hacks, co-authored by Rob Flickenger and Roger Weeks, brings readers more of the practical tips and tricks that made the first edition a runaway hit, selling nearly 30,000 copies. Completely revised and updated, this version includes over 30 brand new hacks, major overhauls of over 30 more, and timely adjustments and touchups to dozens of other hacks introduced in the first edition. From passive network scanning to aligning long-distance antennas, beefing up wireless network security, and beyond, Wireless Hacks answers real-life networking needs with direct solutions.

Flickenger and Weeks both have extensive experience in systems and network administration, and share a passion for making wireless more broadly available. The authors include detailed coverage for important new changes in specifications and in hardware and software, and they delve deep into cellular and Bluetooth technologies.

Whether you need your wireless network to extend to the edge of your desk, fit into your backpack, or cross county lines, the proven techniques in Wireless Hacks will show you how to get the coverage and functionality you're looking for.

The authors bring readers more of the practical tips and tricks that made the first edition a runaway hit. Completely revised and updated, this version includes over 30 new hacks, major overhauls of over 30 more, and timely adjustments and touch-ups to dozens of other hacks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553296
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/22/2005
  • Series: Hacks
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 466
  • Sales rank: 1,274,673
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Rob Flickenger has been a professional systems administrator for more than 10 years, and all around hacker for as long as he can remember. Rob enjoys spreading the good word of open networks, open standards, and ubiquitous wireless networking. His current professional project is Metrix Communication LLC, which provides wireless hardware and software that embodies the same open source principles he rants about in his books. Rob also works with the U.N. and various international organizations to bring these ideas to places where communications infrastructure is badly needed. He hopes that all of this effort is contributing toward the ultimate goal of infinite bandwidth everywhere for free. He is the author of Linux Server Hacks, Wireless Hacks, and Building Wireless Community Networks (which is in its second edition).

Roger Weeks is a coauthor of Linux Unwired. He has nearly a decade of experience in systems and network administration and has been building Linux systems at home and in the enterprise since 1998. His first computer was an Atari 800, which was promptly taken apart so he could add more memory before he attached the 300bps modem.

He is currently the senior network administrator for Mendocino Community Network, a small ISP in coastal northern California. MCN is owned by the local school district, and puts their profits back into the local schools. Prior to that position, he was involved with community wireless (http://www.nocat.net) and an Internet co-op (http://www.wscicc.org) in Sonoma County, CA.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Bluetooth, mobile phones, and GPS 1
Ch. 2 Network discovery and monitoring 92
Ch. 3 Wireless security 151
Ch. 4 Hardware hacks 197
Ch. 5 Software hacks 253
Ch. 6 Do-it-yourself antennas 326
Ch. 7 Wireless network design 368
App. A Wireless standards 389
App. B Wireless hardware guide 406
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you one of the millions of users who suddenly need nothing more than a laptop and wireless card to get online? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Rob Flickenger and Roger Weeks, have done an outstanding job of writing the 2nd edition of a practical book that gives you the reader, the most out of your wireless networking hardware and software. Flickenger and Weeks, begin by demonstrating some of the uses for Bluetooth, Mobile Phones and GPS, which will keep your devices connected, without wires. Then, the authors show you the tools you need to detect the presence of wireless networks, coordinate spectrum usage to avoid interference, and visualize network performance. Next, they explore the current standards for securing wireless networks and suggest several strong methods for protecting yourself and your wireless users from abuse. The authors then show you how to push wireless hardware to the limits, extending range and increasing performance and efficiency. They continue by covering software hacks in detail. Then, the authors present several homebrew designs for wireless networking made by contributors from all over the world. Finally, they present a collection of techniques to help simplify the job of building wireless networks that cover the area you require. In this most excellent book, you will find practical techniques for extending range , increasing throughput, managing wireless resources, and generally making your wireless networking vision a reality. More importantly, this book brings you the knowledge of experts who apply what they know in the real world every day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2006

    One of the best around

    Wireless Hacks is one of the best, most succinct books on all things wireless that I have come across. I was expecting the standard ¿how to set up and secure a wireless access point¿ fare, and while you do get some of that, you get so much more as well. The authors really do a good job covering everything wireless. From BlueTooth technology, to standard WiFi, to hacking routers, to creating your own antennas, this is a great book for anyone interested in wireless technology. Like the other ¿Hacks¿ books from O¿Reilly, this book contains 100 different things you can do to get more out of your wireless devices. The book begins with a good section on BlueTooth technology. If you¿ve got a new cell phone, chances are you have BlueTooth. The authors show you how to do a lot of creative things¿from simply connecting your phone to your computer, to showing a slide show of photographs. The section on 802.11x hacks is so much more than how to secure a network. The authors show you how to detect wireless networks, how to analyze and watch network traffic, and even build your own access point. One of my favorite hacks involves turning a Linksys WRT54G wireless router into a remote control car¿all over 802.11b. In the last section of the book, the authors concentrate on creating effective wireless networks¿big or small. Examples are provided for creating a network for a single house, as well as how to create a network for a whole city. This is a fascinating book, with examples provided for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux platforms. This book is a must have for wireless network enthusiasts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Very very out-of-date.

    For when this was written the content is good but now the content is very old. Don't waste your money. All of this stuff is free on the internet.

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