Wireless networking

Wireless networks have become a fast-growing technology because of their low cost and ease of deployment. With no cabling infrastructure to deploy, the network installs very rapidly, and is just as easily moved, with no cabling to be pulled out or left behind. But beware! The low cost and ease of installation of wireless networks, coupled with their emanations-based transmission technology, make a legitimate wireless network inherently vulnerable to attack and breach and makes wireless technology a useful attack tool for the bad guys.

Wireless LAN is defined by the IEEE 802.11 family of specifications with quite a few subdivisions for individual wireless technologies. Table 7-8 presents a brief summary of the 802.11 family of ...

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