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Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Second Edition by Jonathan Feldman

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Hour 11. Wireless Networking

You can have peace, or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.

——Robert A. Heinlein

Wireless networking untethers you from earthly constraints, and makes cable snags, broken connectors, and Cat-V specification problems all things of the past. Of course, this freedom is just a trade-off: Although wireless is wonderful (and in fact, much of this book was written using an 802.11b wireless network), you can say hello to a host of new problems to troubleshoot. Lucky you!

At this writing, wireless refers to two specific technologies: wireless Ethernet and Bluetooth. WLAN (Wireless LAN) Ethernet, specifically 802.11a and 802.11b, is intended for applications like sitting out on the patio and browsing ...

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