After completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:
How do various wireless LAN technologies function, and what wireless standards are in common use?
What are some of the most important WLAN design considerations?
What WLAN security risks exist, and how can you mitigate those risks?
The popularity of wireless LANs (WLANs) has exploded over the past decade, allowing users to roam within a WLAN coverage area, take their laptops with them, and maintain network connectivity as they move throughout a building or campus environment. Many other devices, however, can take advantage of wireless networks, such as gaming consoles, smartphones, and printers.
This chapter introduces WLAN ...