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Network and Data Security for Non-Engineers by Stephan S. Jones, Kevin Groom, Frank M. Groom

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Chapter 19

Wireless LAN Security

A wireless local area network, referred to as WLAN, is a network that is able to connect two or more devices within a defined area without physical connectivity, such as cable. An example of a WLAN may exist right in your home and consist of a network access device (router) that connects to your high-speed Internet service and doubles as a routing device and a switch. This creates the WLAN to connect your home computer, iPad (tablet), or other wireless device. WLAN has exploded in popularity based on the ease of access to the Internet that it can offer. An overly simplistic WLAN can be vulnerable to many different threats as was proved with early forms of wireless security, which didn’t really provide any security ...

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