Broadband wireless networks bring us closer to the Internet's ultimate destiny of interconnecting everyone, everywhere. But wireless networking can be a bit geeky and nerve-wracking without a proper guide. Let's face it: Networking can be hard.
If you're one of the last holdouts still connected to the Internet by a wire, The Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition is the book for you. You'll learn how to set up your own home (or small office) wireless network and how to use public wireless networks, safely and securely. This plain-English guide demystifies configuring and using wireless networks-everything from shopping for parts to securing your network. Learn how to:
Select and configure hardware and software for your Wi-Fi network and configure access points to minimize interference
Discover open networks and maintain your privacy while surfing in public
Use VoIP over a wireless connection to talk on the phone for next to nothing
Evaluate wireless data services based on cost, speed, and coverage
Extend your network to give your neighbors free wireless Internet access
You'll also learn about new and forthcoming broadband wireless standards and how to choose the right service provider and equipment. With up-to-date information on wireless routers, network interface cards, antennas, security, and software, The Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition will help you navigate the confusing wireless landscape to find the perfect solution.
Table of Contents
The Book of Wireless
- THE BOOK OF WIRELESS, 2ND EDITION
- 1. INTRODUCTION TO NETWORKING
2. INTRODUCTION TO WIRELESS NETWORKS
- How Wireless Networks Work
- Benefits of Wireless
- Wireless Data Services
- Choosing a Service
3. HOW WI-FI WORKS
- Wi-Fi Network Controls
- Wi-Fi Network Protocols
- Wi-Fi Radio Frequencies
- Wireless Network Devices
- Putting It All Together
4. THE HARDWARE YOU NEED FOR WI-FI
- Everybody Speaks the Same Language (More or Less)
- Network Adapters
- Adapters for Ad Hoc Networks
- Dual-Purpose Adapters
- Access Points
- External Antennas
- It's Time to Buy
5. MANAGING YOUR WI-FI CONNECTIONS
- Installing PC Card Adapters
- Installing USB Adapters
- Installing an Internal Adapter in a Laptop Computer
- Installing an Internal Adapter in a Desktop System
- Loading the Driver Software
Choosing a Control Program
- The Microsoft Wireless Network Connection Utility
- The Intel PROSet/Wireless Program
- Other Wi-Fi Adapters and Control Programs
- Status Information
- Changing Your Adapter's Configuration Settings
- Configuring a Network Connection
- Beyond Windows
- Signal Strength vs. Signal Quality
6. WI-FI FOR WINDOWS
- Windows Network Configuration in General
- Configuring Windows
- Troubleshooting the Connection
7. WI-FI FOR LINUX AND UNIX
- Drivers, Back Seat and Otherwise
- Wi-Fi Control Programs
- Configuring an Access Point
- Wi-Fi for Unix
8. WI-FI FOR MAC
- AirPort Components
- Setting Up an AirPort Network
- Connecting Macintosh Clients to Other Networks
- Using Non-Apple Adapters with a Mac
- Connecting an AirPort Card to a Non-AirPort Access Point
- Connecting Other Wi-Fi Clients to an AirPort Network
- Configuring an AirPort Extreme from Windows
- Is AirPort the Answer?
9. INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING WI-FI ACCESS POINTS
- Installing Access Points
- How Many Access Points?
- Performing a Site Survey
- Interference Problems
- Advantages of Mixed Networks
- Extending the Network
- Connecting the Access Points to a LAN and the Internet
- Networking Your Neighborhood
10. LONG RANGE POINT-TO-POINT LINKS
- Extending the LAN
- Bridge Routers
- Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint
- Installing a Point-to-Point Link
- Alternatives to Wi-Fi for Point-to-Point
- Antennas for Network Adapters
11. CONNECTING TO AN EXISTING WI-FI NETWORK
- Public Wi-Fi Is Not Secure
- Finding a Wi-Fi Hot Spot
- Keeping Your Data Secure
- NetStumbler and Other Sniffer Tools
- Municipal Wi-Fi Networks
- "Free Public WiFi"
- Unprotected Private Access Points
12. WIRELESS NETWORK SECURITY
- Protecting Your Network and Your Data
Wi-Fi Security Tools
- Network Name (SSID)
- WEP Encryption
- WPA Encryption
- Access Control (MAC Authentication)
- Virtual Private Networks
- Authentication: The 802.1x Standard
- Turn Off DHCP
- Turn Off the Power
- Physical Security
- Sharing Your Network with the World
- Some Final Thoughts About Wi-Fi Security
13. ALTERNATIVES TO WI-FI: WIRELESS BROADBAND DATA
- What's Wrong with Wi-Fi?
- Broadband Data Services
- Comparing Technologies
- Choosing a Service Provider
- Connecting to a Wireless Broadband Network
- Using More Than One Computer
- Broadband Security
- Clearwire, Sprint, and Other Pre-WiMAX Services
- Broadband Wireless in Automobiles and Other Vehicles
- 14. SMARTPHONES AND PDAs
15. VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS
- VPN Methods
- Configuring a Windows Server for a Wireless VPN
- VPN Servers for Unix
- Network Hardware with Built-in VPN Support
- VPN Client Software
- Using a Wireless VPN
- 16. USING BROADBAND FOR TELEPHONE CALLS
17. TIPS AND TROUBLESHOOTING
- My computer doesn't detect my network adapter.
- The wireless control program tries to run, even if I'm not using my adapter.
- My computer won't associate with the local network.
- My computer connects to the wrong network.
- I can see the local network, but I can't connect to the Internet.
- I can see the Internet, but I can't see other computers on my LAN.
- The signal strength is weak or signal quality is low.
- I can't find a public network.
- I don't know if I'm within range of a network.
- The network is slow.
- My computer drops its connection.
- My Wi-Fi network has crashed.
- Can I improve performance with an external antenna?
- What else can I do to improve performance?
- When I move to a different access point, the adapter loses the connection.
- Where can I find a copy of the Wi-Fi standards?
- How can I find out who made my network adapter?
- Is the software that came with my network adapter or access point up to date?
- I'm having trouble connecting to a broadband network.
- I'm having trouble connecting to my VPN.
- How can I extend the life of my computer's battery?
- Can I use my access point as a network bridge?
- I've heard that radio signals from cellular phones might be dangerous. What about Wi-Fi?
- Title: The Book of Wireless, Second Edition
- Release date: January 2008
- Publisher(s): No Starch Press
- ISBN: 9781593271695