The Wi-Fi Experience

The Wi-Fi Experience : Everyone's Guide to 802.11b Wireless Networking

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This book is a complete "experience" for Wi-Fi users, offering how-to instructions and software discounts, full versions on the CD, and recommendations for Wi-Fi projects. The author takes the reader beyond just wireless networking to explore Wi-Fi capabilities in real-world applications such as Wi-Fi with PDAs, VOIP, and building your own Wi-Fi phone.
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  • Mixed media product | 176 pages
  • 188 x 231.4 x 11.4mm | 326.59g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 0789726629
  • 9780789726629

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This book is a complete "experience" for Wi-Fi users, offering how-to instructions and software discounts, full versions on the CD, and recommendations for Wi-Fi projects. The author takes the reader beyond just wireless networking to explore Wi-Fi capabilities in real-world applications such as Wi-Fi with PDAs, VOIP, and building your own Wi-Fi phone.
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About Harold Davis

Harold Davis is currently a Managing Director at Julian Capital in Berkeley, California. He was Vice President of Strategic Development at YellowGiant Corporation, a provider of directory infrastructure software. He has served as a technology consultant to many of the most important high-technology companies, including Internet startups, Web infrastructure players, and Fortune 1000 technology companies. Harold has been a Technical Director at Vignette Corporation and a Principal in the e-commerce practice at Informix Software. In addition, he is the author of many best-selling books on programming and the Web including Red Hat Linux 6: Visual QuickPro Guide (Peachpit Press), Visual Basic 6 Visual QuickStart Guide (Peachpit Press), Visual Basic Secrets (IDG Books), and Web Developer's Secrets (IDG Books). Recently, he has written Understanding 802.11b and Bluetooth, Enterprise Web Architecture, and other executive briefings for MightyWords.Richard Mansfield (High Point, NC) is an author and programmer whose recent titles include Visual Basic .NET ASP.NET Programming (Hungry Minds) and Visual Basic .NET Database Programming For Dummies (Hungry Minds). While he was the editor of COMPUTE! Magazinne during the '80s, he wrote hundreds of magazine articles and two monthly columns. From 1987 to 1991, Richard was editorial director and partner in Signal Research. He began writing books full-time in 1991, and has written 28 computer books. Over 500,000 of his books have been sold worldwide and have been translated into 11 languages.
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Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Understanding Wi-Fi. The Reality of Wi-Fi. What Is Wireless Networking? The 2.4 Gigahertz Spectrum. The Politics and Economics of 802.11b.2. Setting Up Your Personal Wireless Network. How Much Does It Cost? Benefits of a Home or Small Office Wi-Fi Network. Understanding Range. Measuring Data Rates: How Fast Is Fast Enough? Installing a Simple Wi-Fi Network. About the Four-Step Installation Process. Step 1: Attaching the Hardware. Step 2: Driver Installation Under Windows 98. Step 2 Continued: Driver Installation Under Windows 2000. Step 3: Using Utility Software to Define a Wi-Fi Connection Under Windows 98 or Windows 2000. Step 4: Setting Up a Peer-to-Peer Network. Sharing: It's a Good Thing. Providing Printer Permission. Testing Your Connection. What To Do If All Else Fails.3. Larger Scale Wi-Fi Setups. The Need to Plan: Before the Site Survey. Conduct a Site Survey. Doing a Survey Yourself. Setting Up the LAN. The Testing Process. Channel Design. Going Beyond a Single Building.4. At Home and at Work. Case Study: The Author at Home. Case Study: Checking In at The Venetian Hotel. Case Study: Online at an Airport. Case Study: Connecting at Starbucks. Case Study: A Small Office Environment.5. The Internet Connection. Broadcast Your Broadband Connection. Installing a Wi-Fi Cable Modem Connection. Testing, Testing, Testing. Adding Other Computers to the Connection. ISDN, Ordinary Phone Line, or DSL Modem Connections. Sharing Files and Resources.6. Putting an Antenna on Your Roof and Elsewhere. Types of Antennas. What Antennas Do. Wi-Fi Problems and Cures. Improving Communication. Mr. Techno Talks Science. Getting Connected. Tuning Your Antenna. Where to Go from Here.7. Lighting Up the Neighborhood. Case Study: SFLAN-"Unwiring" the Presidio. Wake Forest Lights Up.8. Security and Encryption. Special Wi-Fi Security Issues . Encryption Works Best. Problems with WEP. Some Steps to Take. The Problem with People. Password Protection Flaws. Social Engineering. Snorters, Sniffers, and Peekers. The VPN Solution. Setting Up Your Virtual Private Network. Using Firewalls and Intrusion Detection. Security Summary.9. The Wi-Fi Revolution. A Peek Into the Near Future. The Weightless Computer. Wireless Freedom of Information. What About HiperLan/2? VoIP: The New Telephone? Welcome to the Wireless World.Appendix A. Ideas and Resources. Technical News. Wi-Fi Technology. Security Issues. Wi-Fi Vendors.Glossary. Index.
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