Wi-Fi Hotspots

Wi-Fi Hotspots : Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access

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Wi-Fi HotspotsSetting Up Public Wireless Internet Access Installing and operating a Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to attract customers and differentiate your business. Deploying even a small wireless network has proven to be a difficult task for the average consumer, however. With this book as your guide, you can painlessly figure out the requirements for your Wi-Fi hotspot, how to properly set it up, how to operate it, and how to optimize it for the needs and security of your customers. Wi-Fi Hotspots helps you throughout the entire process of setting up a hotspot to offer free or fee-based Internet access to the general public: Understand the benefits to your business of hosting a hotspot Decide what type of hotspot you should implement Examine what equipment is best suited for your hotspot Follow step-by-step procedures for setting up your hotspot Get the word out about your hotspot availability Ensure your hotspot is not used improperly Evaluate Wi-Fi security concerns Fix common problems hotspot users face Increase the coverage area of your Wi-Fi hotspot Whether you are a small business owner looking to attract customers and distinguish your business or you are an IT professional at a larger organization looking to establish hotspot connectivity, this book provides you with everything you need to know in order to provide public wireless Internet access. Eric Geier is a computing and wireless networking author and consultant. For several years, he's be employed with Wireless-Nets, Ltd., a consulting firm focusing on the implementation of wireless mobile solutions and training.Eric is a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). He is an author and contributor of several books and eLearning (CBT) courses. He is a regular contributor at Wi-FiPlanet.com. For more information about Eric Geier, visit his website at http://www.egeier.com Companion CD-ROMThe companion CD-ROM contains two software utilities, ZoneCD and NetStumbler, to help you implement and manage your Wi-Fi hotspot. This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press (R), which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers. Category: Wireless NetworkingCovers: Wi-Fi Hotspotsshow more

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  • Mixed media product | 264 pages
  • 186 x 230 x 18mm | 479.99g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Cisco Press
  • Indianapolis, United States
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1587052660
  • 9781587052668
  • 1,582,255

About Eric Geier

Eric Geieris a computing and wireless networking author and consultant. For several years, he has been employed with Wireless-Nets, Ltd., a consulting firm focusing on the implementation of wireless mobile solutions and training. Eric is a certified wireless network administrator (CWNA). He is an author of and contributor to several books and eLearning (CBT) courses. He is a regular contributor at Wi-FiPlanet.com.For more information about Eric, visit his website at http://www.egeier.com.show more

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"Wi-Fi Hotspots" Setting Up Public Wireless Internet Access Installing and operating a Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to attract customers and differentiate your business. Deploying even a small wireless network has proven to be a difficult task for the average consumer, however. With this book as your guide, you can painlessly figure out the requirements for your Wi-Fi hotspot, how to properly set it up, how to operate it, and how to optimize it for the needs and security of your customers. "Wi-Fi Hotspots" helps you throughout the entire process of setting up a hotspot to offer free or fee-based Internet access to the general public: Understand the benefits to your business of hosting a hotspot Decide what type of hotspot you should implement Examine what equipment is best suited for your hotspot Follow step-by-step procedures for setting up your hotspot Get the word out about your hotspot availability Ensure your hotspot is not used improperly Evaluate Wi-Fi security concerns Fix common problems hotspot users face Increase the coverage area of your Wi-Fi hotspot Whether you are a small business owner looking to attract customers and distinguish your business or you are an IT professional at a larger organization looking to establish hotspot connectivity, this book provides you with everything you need to know in order to provide public wireless Internet access. Eric Geier is a computing and wireless networking author and consultant. For several years, he's be employed with Wireless-Nets, Ltd., a consulting firm focusing on the implementation of wireless mobile solutions and training. Eric is a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA). He is an author and contributor of several books and eLearning (CBT) courses. He is a regular contributor at Wi-FiPlanet.com. For more information about Eric Geier, visit his website at http: //www.egeier.com Companion CD-ROM The companion CD-ROM contains two software utilities, ZoneCD and NetStumbler, to help you implement and manage your Wi-Fi hotspot. This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press(R), which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers. Category: Wireless Networking Covers: Wi-Fi Hotspotsshow more

Table of contents

xPart I: The Basics Chapter 1 The Basics of Wi-Fi Hotspots Bridging the Gap Wi-Fi Hot Zones How Users Find Hotspots How Wi-Fi Works Chapter Review Chapter 2 The Business Side of Hosting a Hotspot Benefits of Hosting a Wi-Fi Hotspot Attract People to Your Location Generate Additional Revenue Ability to Create a Private Network Figuring the Costs Chapter Review Chapter 3 First Steps to Setting Up a Wi-Fi Hotspot Step 1: Choose a Hotspot Solution Solution 1: Simple Free Access Hotspot Solution 2: Advanced Free Access Hotspot Using ZoneCD Solution 3: Boingo's Hotspot Network to Provide Paid Access Solution 4: Free or Paid Access and Private Network Using a Hotspot Gateway Hotspot Features Additional Solutions Step 2: Set Up an Internet Connection Choosing the Right Internet Connect Type Usage/Legal Terms of Provider Getting the Internet Connection Chapter Review Part II: Setting Up the Hotspot Chapter 4 Solution 1: Simple Free Access Hotspot Step 1: Gather the Necessary Items Step 2: Set Up the Wireless Router Step 3: Configure Additional Settings Accessing the Web-Based Configuration Utility DHCP User Limit AP Isolation VPN Passthrough Access Restrictions Blocked Services Remote Router Access Web-Based Configuration Utility Access Server Backup Configuration Chapter Review Chapter 5 Solution 2: Advanced Free Access Hotspot Using ZoneCD Step 1: Choose the Mode and Service Open Mode Closed Mode Services Overview Step 2: Gather the Necessary Items What's Required Set Up Your Zones (for the Free Service) Set Up Your Zones (for the Premium Services) Step 3: Set Up and Configure the Access Points and Routers Private Wired or Wireless Router Public Access Point or Wireless Router Step 4: Perform a Physical Installation Step 5: Perform ZoneCD Initial Setup The Boot Process Open Mode Configuration Closed Mode (Free Server) Configuration Closed Mode (Premium Server) Configuration Check for Proper Operation What's Next Using the Online Administration Tools Getting Help Chapter Review Chapter 6 Solution 3: Join Boingo's Hotspot Network to Provide Paid Access Understanding the Solution Setting Up the Solution Step 1: Gather the Necessary Items Step 2: Set Up the Equipment Step 3: Join Boingo's Hotspot Network Step 4: Perform the Physical Installation Getting Help Chapter Review Chapter 7 Solution 4: Free or Paid Access and Private Network Using Hotspot Gateway Understanding the Solution Setting Up the Solution Step 1: Choose the Particular Solution Step 4: Configure Additional Settings Step 5: Perform the Physical Installation Getting Help Chapter Review Part III: After Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Is Alive Chapter 8 Getting the Word Out Signage Advertisements Online Hotspot Directories Chapter Review Chapter 9 Fending Off Freeloaders Physically Hand Out Login Information Apply Usage Limits Open/Closed Times Bandwidth Limits Spell Out Usage Terms Monitor Your Hotspot Chapter Review Chapter 10 Wi-Fi Safety and Security Understanding Everyone's Responsibilities Hotspot Administrator/Owner Responsibilities Inform Users of the Risks Give Users Safety and Security Tips Enable VPN Passthrough Isolate Clients Filter Hotspot Content Secure User Information User Responsibilities Beware of the Risks Follow the Safety and Security Tips Use VPN Connections Use Secure (SSL) Websites Disable File Sharing Use a Personal Firewall Keep an Eye on Valuables Chapter Review Chapter 11 Common Problems and Fixes Unable to See/Connect to the Wi-Fi Hotspot What the User Should Do What You Should Do Frequent Disconnections What the User Should Do What You Should Do Poor Performance What the User Should Do What You Should Do Internet Connection Unavailable What the User Should Do What You Should Do Where to Find More Help Chapter Review Chapter 12 Increasing Your Hotspot's Wireless Coverage Higher-Gain Antenna Purchasing Installation Wireless Repeaters Purchasing Installation Adding Access Points Preinstallation Site Survey Configuring the APs Physical Installation Chapter Review Chapter 13 Using Wi-Fi Networks Keeping Your Operating System Up-to-Date Enabling and Disabling Your Network Adapter Using the Start Menu Using the System Tray Toggling Between Windows XP and the Manufacturer Utility Enabling/Disabling the Windows XP Utility Starting/Stopping the Wireless Zero Configuration Service Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network Using the Windows XP Configuration Utility Checking the Connection Status Using the System Tray Using the Status Window Editing Your Preferred Network List Accessing the Preferred Network List Changing the Preferred Order Adding a Preferred Network Advanced Options Sharing Files Enabling Shared Folders Accessing Shared Folders Sharing Printers Enabling Shared Printers Adding Shared Printers to Computers Chapter Summary Part IV: Appendix Appendix A Understanding Wi-Fi Signals Glossary 1587052660TOC092106show more

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