CHAPTER 1Why Wireless?

Much has been written about the “how” of wireless mobility. In fact, if you visit Amazon.com and enter the search phrase “wireless networks,” you’ll see that Amazon sells more than 17,000 books on the subject, each offering something to be learned. That’s an impressive number. It’s also a healthy sign for the industry that so many talented and willing people have taken a considerable amount of time to write books on wireless. I’ve contributed two of those books, and with thanks to my publishers at McGraw-Hill, one of them, 802.11 (Wi-Fi) Networking Handbook, became a best-seller.

You can review the search findings for a long time and not locate book on the “why” of wireless, however. Both of my prior books, and nearly all ...

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