Book of Wireless, 2nd Edition

A Painless Guide to Wi-Fi and Broadband Wireless
by John Ross

January 2008, 336 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-59327-169-5

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John Ross talks about the advantages and issues of wireless in an interview with Kate Dostart of SearchNetworking.com. Read it Here!

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
  • Secure your network using WPA encryption or a virtual private network (VPN)
  • 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.


About the Author

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), and It’s Never Done That Before (No Starch Press).


Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to Networking
Chapter 2: introduction to Wireless Networks
Chapter 3: How Wi-Fi Works
Chapter 4: The Hardware You Need for Wi-Fi
Chapter 5: Managing Your Wi-Fi Connections
Chapter 6: Wi-Fi for Windows
Chapter 7: Wi-Fi for Linux and Unix
Chapter 8: Wi-Fi for Mac
Chapter 9: Installing and Configuring Wireless Access Points
Chapter 10: Long Range Point-to-Point Links
Chapter 11: Connecting to an Existing Wi-Fi Network
Chapter 12: Wireless Network Security
Chapter 13: Alternatives to Wi-Fi: Wireless Broadband
Chapter 14: Smartphones and PDAs
Chapter 15: Virtual Private Networks
Chapter 16: Using Broadband for Telephone Calls
Chapter 17: Tips and Troubleshooting

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Reviews

"If you or anyone you know has a wireless network or is planning on setting up one, The Book of Wireless is a valuable resource to read. You will gain a better understanding of wireless networking. No matter which operating system you are using, you will be able to connect and setup a secure wireless network in no time."
—LinuxSecurity.com (Read More)

"If you want a book that's informative, easy to read, and fun, pick up a copy of The Book of Wireless."
—Linux Magazine (Read More)

"The depth of understanding of the whys and hows of wireless networking are certainly nothing to scoff at, and why this book has a permanent place on my shelf, and why it belongs on yours."
—About This Particular Macintosh (Read More)

"The Book of Wireless does a brilliant, thorough job of describing how WiFi, mesh, and other networks work."
—The Boston Globe (Read More)

"This is the most comprehensive and in-depth treatment that we've seen on the subject."
—The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing (Read More)

The Book of Wireless offers first-rate knowledge to anyone interested in learning more about wireless networking, whether they're running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X."
—Help Net Security (Read More)

"I admire authors who cover their subjects completely yet remain readable. It's not easy to do that, but John Ross did so here. This is very complete coverage of wireless networking from all points of view."
—Tony Lawrence, tech reviewer (Read More)

"Summing up, the discussions are lively and text-matter is useful for the end-users. This is a recommended add-on giving a big picture to the user manuals that users will have to read anyway"
—Desicritics.org (Read More)

"This book is packed with information that will make it easier to get your wireless network running. "
—Henrik Lund Kramshoj, security researcher (Read More)

"This book really does cover everything you'd need to know about wireless technology."
—Dave Graham, freelance book reviewer (Read More)

The Book of Wireless is "[a] remarkably lucid and detailed guide that maintains a focus on practical aspects of wireless networking in a small (home and small office) environment, and especially for laptop users."
—Major Keary, Linux and Open Source SIG (Read More)

"If you or anyone you know has a wireless network or is planning on setting one up, The Book of Wireless is a valuable resource to read. You will gain a better understanding of wireless networking. No matter which operating system you are using, you will be able to connect and setup a secure wireless network in no time."
—Bill Keys, LinuxSecurity.com (Read More)

"Ross here provides a detailed and easily understood look at the technology and hardware that makes wi-fi and wireless broadband work."
—The Tech Static (Read More)

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