A Field Guide to Wireless LANs for Administrators and Power Users

A Field Guide to Wireless LANs for Administrators and Power Users

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Finally -- an 802.11 deployment guide for business and home use that demystifies the alphabet soup of IEEE standards and explains the features and benefits of each with regards to speeds and feeds. Wireless LANs are very popular with business users, and enterprising companies have begun setting up wireless "hot spots" in places where business users congregate, such as airports, hotels, and conference centers. Another ideal usage scenario for wLANs is at home, since most houses do not have networking jacks in every room of the house. This book explains not just how to configure a wireless LAN but will explain how the technology works in an accessible manner. The author demonstrates Windows and Linux configurations and covers various forms of 802.11 cards, including PCs with integrated802.11, PC Cards, and PCI cards. Moreover, the author tackles head on one of the major headaches in wireless LAN use - security and explains what can be done to secure a wireless LAN in a manner that does not require a PhD in computer science. Whether you are a savvy home user or an administrator, this book is designed to save you time in configuring your wireless LAN and getting the most out of it.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 177.8 x 235.2 x 23.6mm | 698.54g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • w. figs.
  • 0131014064
  • 9780131014060

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Deploy, manage, and troubleshoot any wireless LAN ... home or businessWLAN technology for non-experts: clear, accurate, easyProven quick-start configurations for Windows(R), and Linux(R), and MacOS(R)No-hassle wireless security solutionsCovers IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11i/WPAContrasts IEEE 802.11 WLAN technology with IEEE 802.16 WMAN and IEEE 802.15 WPAN technologyExpert knowledge and insight for deploying and managing any wireless LAN.In this book, best-selling networking author Thomas Maufer explains how wireless LANs work, and how to make them work for you-reliably and securely. Maufer takes you under the hood with today's latest WLAN technologies, offering practical insight and context for deploying, managing, and troubleshooting WLANs in any environment, from the enterprise to the home.Covers all leading IEEE 802.11 wireless standards: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11i/WPAShows how to deploy small, mid-sized, large, public, business, and home networksProvides sample Windows(R), Linux(R), and MacOS(R) configurations that help you get started quicklyDemystifies WLAN security so you can understand how to protect your dataIlluminates the 802.11 protocol so you can troubleshoot more effectivelyPreviews tomorrow's WLAN standards and applications for business and home (IEEE 802.11j and 802.11n)Whether you're a network/system administrator or a power user, Thomas Maufer demystifies wireless LAN technology... so you can maximize the benefits while minimizing the hassles.
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Table of contents


1. Wireless LAN Preliminaries.

Why Wireless? WLANs Arrive on the Scene. Components of IEEE 802.11 LANs. Where Do Wireless LAN Standards Come From? What Is Wi-Fi (TM)? Is It the Same as IEEE 802.11? Summary.

2. A Brief History of Networking Standards.

The Mother of All Networking Standards. Aside: The IETF and TCP/IP Standards. IEEE LAN Standards. Introduction to IEEE 802.11's MAC Sub-layer Frame Structure. Summary.

3. Speeds and Feeds.

Overview of IEEE 802.11 PHYs. Summary of IEEE 802.11 PHYs. The Future's So Bright...

4. IEEE 802.11's MAC Sub-layer Protocol-Frames, etc.

IEEE 802.11 MAC Sub-layer Frame Structure. Structure of the IEEE 802.11 MAC Sub-layer Frame. Structure of the IEEE 802.11 MAC Frames. IEEE 802.11 Data Exchange Interfaces. Higher-Layer Protocol Encapsulation. Modes of Operation. Summary.

5. Dissection of a Probe Response MMPDU.

Reprise of IEEE 802.11's MMPDU Structure. What Causes a Probe Response? Dissection of an Actual Probe Response. Summary.

6. IEEE 802.11's MAC Sub-layer Protocol-Access, etc.

Building Blocks: Joining a Wireless LAN. IEEE 802.11 WLAN Components. MAC/PLCP Interactions. DCF, PCF, Time, and Power Management. Summary.

7. Security Mechanisms for Wireless LANs.

Introduction to Wireless LAN Security. Security and the OSI Model. Introduction to Wireless LAN Security. Wired-Equivalent Privacy (WEP). IEEE 802.11i-Robust Security Network.

8. Applications and Deployment of Wireless Technology.

IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Devices. Wireless LANs at Home. WLANs in Medium-to-Large Enterprise Networks. Wireless LANs in Public Places. Deploying WLANs at Home: A Case Study. Summary.

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About Thomas Albert Maufer

THOMAS MAUFER, author of Deploying IP Multicast in the Enterprise and IP Fundamentals (Prentice Hall PTR), works at NVIDIA Corporation, helping to design advanced networking capabilities for next-generation PC platform processors. He has managed computer networks at NASA/GSFC, participated in the InteropNet Network Operations Center Team, and worked for 3Com Corporation on virtually all of its networking products.
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