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.
- 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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About the Author
Adam Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to many thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles—thanks to contributing editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. Glenn Fleishman is a freelance journalist based in Seattle who contributes to The New York Times, Seattle Weekly, and Macworld, InfoWorld, Fortune, and Wired magazines.
Table of Contents1. Why Wireless?
Wireless Networking Roots. Who Should Read This Book? Real Life Wireless Networking.
2. Networking Basics.
What's a Network? Network Uses. Network Wiring. Network Devices. Network Protocols. From Wired to Wireless.
3. How Wireless Works.
Passing Signals Through Walls. Wireless Hardware. Wireless Fidelity. Other Wireless Standards. Getting Your Hands Dirty.
4. Connecting Your Computer.
Connecting to a Wireless Network. Creating an Ad Hoc Wireless Network. Sharing Files. From Computers to Networks.
5. Building Your Wireless Network.
Planning Your Wireless Network. Buying a Wireless Gateway. Setting Up a Gateway. Creating a Software Access Point. Bridging Wireless Networks. Tying It Up and Locking It Down.
6. Wireless Security.
Wireless Worries. Preventing Access to Your Network. Securing Data in Transit. Protecting Your Systems. Know Your Enemy. Trust No Wire.
7. Taking It on the Road.
Networks on the Road. Other Preparation. Working on the Road. Let Your Network Go the Distance.
8. Going the Distance.
Who Go Long? Antenna Basics. Connecting to the Internet. Extending Your Network. When Things Go Wrong.
9. Things That Go Bump in the Net.
How to Troubleshoot. Wireless Networking Problems. Gazing into the Crystal Ball.
10. The Future of Wireless.
Challenges Facing Wireless. Future Standards. Way Out. Future Shock.