Chapter 2: Planning Your WLAN

In This Chapter

check.png Identifying the basic parameters to configure a wireless network

check.png Identifying common issues with implementing wireless networks

check.png Identifying and describing the purpose of the components in a small wireless network

When working with wireless LANs, you need to know their operating modes as well as how to lay out access points (APs) to allow maximum coverage while reducing internal conflicts.

In this chapter, I show you how to set up your clients in either Ad Hoc or Infrastructure modes and the benefits of each mode, elements that make up a wireless network, and what configuration parameters you need to be aware of; you see the actual configuration in upcoming chapters. Finally, I show you how to design and lay out your access points on your network to provide ideal RF coverage. With this information, you will be well on your way to deploying a wireless network.

Setting Your Operation Mode

When you are working with a traditional wired network, you connect your computer to a network switch to interconnect all devices on your network; or you use crossover network cables to directly connect two computers. In the case of wireless networking, ...

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