The Book of Wireless: A Painless Guide to Wi-fi and Broadband Wireless

The Book of Wireless: A Painless Guide to Wi-fi and Broadband Wireless

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By (author) John Ross

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  • Publisher: No Starch Press,US
  • Format: Paperback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 234mm x 25mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Daly City, California
  • ISBN 10: 1593271697
  • ISBN 13: 9781593271695
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 654,866

Product description

This plain English guide to popular wireless networking standards shows readers how to connect to wireless networks anywhere they go. After an introduction to networking in general, and wireless networking in particular, the book explains all available standards, including all flavors of wireless Ethernet (Wi-Fi), along with new standards like WIMAX and 3G networks. Readers will learn how to use wireless software to connect to the Internet wherever they are, rather than waiting until they're in range of a public Wi-Fi hot spot. The Book of Wireless offers information about all of the currently available wireless services for Internet access, with advice about how to understand the important differences between them such as cost, speed and coverage areas. For readers setting up home networks, the book contains practical advice about choosing and setting up hardware and software, securing networks using WEP and WPA, and setting up a wireless connection for VOIP.

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Author information

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), It's Never Done That Before (No Starch), and numerous other titles.

Table of contents

THE BOOK OF WIRELESS, 2ND EDITIONACKNOWLEDGMENTSINTRODUCTIONChapter 1: INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKINGChapter 2: INTRODUCTION TO WIRELESS NETWORKSChapter 3: HOW WI-FI WORKSChapter 4: THE HARDWARE YOU NEED FOR WI-FIChapter 5: MANAGING YOUR WI-FI CONNECTIONSChapter 6: WI-FI FOR WINDOWSChapter 7: WI-FI FOR LINUX AND UNIXChapter 8: WI-FI FOR MACChapter 9: INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WI-FI ACCESS POINTSChapter 10: LONG RANGE POINT-TO-POINT LINKSChapter 11: CONNECTING TO AN EXISTING WI-FI NETWORKChapter 12: WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITYChapter 13: ALTERNATIVES TO WI-FI: WIRELESS BROADBAND DATAChapter 14: SMARTPHONES AND PDAsChapter 15: VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKSChapter 16: USING BROADBAND FOR TELEPHONE CALLSChapter 17: TIPS AND TROUBLESHOOTINGCOLOPHON