The Wireless Networking Starter Kit

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Wireless networks are becoming commonplace, but choosing and configuring the right equipment and services for the home, small offices, and the business traveler can prove frustrating. That is where you need the wide-ranging expertise of wireless mavens Adam Engst and Glenn Fleishman.

Using illustrated step-by-step instructions, in-depth discussions, and tons of tips, they help you decide what to buy, show you how to configure wireless hardware and software, and explain the best ...

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Overview

Wireless networks are becoming commonplace, but choosing and configuring the right equipment and services for the home, small offices, and the business traveler can prove frustrating. That is where you need the wide-ranging expertise of wireless mavens Adam Engst and Glenn Fleishman.

Using illustrated step-by-step instructions, in-depth discussions, and tons of tips, they help you decide what to buy, show you how to configure wireless hardware and software, and explain the best techniques for managing your connections. Whether you're a novice or an experienced network administrator, you'll find the practical information you need about wireless networking.

Each book also has three coupons worth a total of $125 in discounts off regular subscriptions from three major wireless ISPs: Boingo Wireless, FatPort (Canada), and Wayport.

What's New in the Second Edition:In its first edition, The Wireless Networking Starter Kit covered every angle of Wi-Fi and the 802.11a and b standards. In this second edition, we expanded to cover 802.11g, the latest, fastest Wi-Fi flavor, as well as these additional topics:

  • Bluetooth (background and configuring).
  • Cellular data (background and configuring).
  • Centrino laptops.
  • Ultrawideband (UWB).
  • Working with software from wireless ISPs.
  • Setting up Palm and Pocket PC handhelds with Wi-Fi.
  • Small-office networking.
  • Cameras, displays, and other unique Wi-Fi-connected gadgets. If you own the first edition, you'll want the second edition to get up to speed with the latest developments.
Overview of the Second Edition:
  • Practical advice and instructionsfor dozens of common wireless tasks.
  • Thorough grounding in wireless networking basics.
  • Coverage of 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, Bluetooth, cell data, and more.
  • Details tailored to Windows, Macintosh, Palm, PocketPC, and Linux users.
  • Suggestions for extending your network and linking multiple locations.
  • Real-world discussions on protecting home wireless networks from snoops.
  • Advice about how to make a small office wireless network as secure as a large corporate network.
  • Hard-won tips on finding and using wireless networks while traveling.
  • Troubleshooting advice to help you figure out sticky situations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321174086
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press
  • Publication date: 12/9/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Engst and Glenn Fleishman are both networking wizards and veteran authors, each with numerous titles under his belt. Adam's titles include the best-selling Internet Starter Kit and, most recently, iPhoto 2 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide. He is also editor and publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, and a Macworld contributing editor. And Glenn is the editorial force behind the wireless industry's daily must-read: the Wi-Fi Networking News Web site (wifinetnews.com), as well as a regular contributor to the Seattle Times, the New York Times, Macworld, and others.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Wireless Basics 1
1 How Wireless Works 3
2 Wireless Standards 9
3 Wireless Hardware 19
4 Other Wireless Standards 35
5 Wireless of the (Near) Future 49
Sect. II Connecting Your Computer 57
6 Connecting Your Windows PC 59
7 Configuring Your Centrino Laptop 81
8 Connecting Your Macintosh 89
9 Connecting with Linux and FreeBSD 99
10 Connecting Your Handheld 103
11 Connecting via Bluetooth 115
12 Creating an Ad Hoc Wireless Network 137
13 Sharing Files and Printers 143
14 Troubleshooting Your Connection 155
Sect. III Building Your Wireless Network 165
15 Planning Your Wireless Network 167
16 Buying a Wireless Gateway 177
17 Setting up a Gateway 195
18 Wireless Gadgets 219
19 Creating a Software Access Point 237
20 Bridging Wireless Networks 245
21 Indoor Antenna Basics 255
22 Small Office Wi-Fi Networking 261
23 Troubleshooting Your Wireless Network 271
Sect. IV Wireless Security 283
24 Wireless Worries 285
25 Preventing Access to Your Network 295
26 Securing Data in Transit 309
27 Protecting Your Systems 325
Sect. V Taking it on the Road 333
28 Finding Wi-Fi on the Road 335
29 Configuring WISP Software 357
30 Using Cellular Data Networks 371
31 Prepping for the Road 379
32 Working on the Road 387
Sect. VI Going the Distance 393
33 Long-Range Wi-Fi Connections 395
34 Long-Range Antenna Basics 407
A Networking Basics 435
B Configuring Your Network Settings 469
C How to Troubleshoot 479
Glossary 489
Index 505
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