From the growing number of Wi-Fi hotspots to the escalating sales of laptops and other portable wireless-enabled devices, it's clear that wireless technology is here and poised to play an increasingly important role in all our lives. Going wireless is a little like taking the training wheels off your first bike--once you taste the freedom, you don't want to go back to what you had before. Moreover, dramatic improvements in wireless technology in the last few years coupled with the growing affordability of wireless equipment make going wireless all the more attractive. And if you're a Windows XP user, it's even better. Windows XP contains many built-in supports for wireless computing, making it an ideal platform for going mobile.In Windows XP Unwired, you'll learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing wireless services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Windows XP, including Wi-Fi (802.11b, a, and g), infrared, Bluetooth, CDMA2000, and GPRS. You'll learn how to set up your first wireless network using popular products from Linksys and D-Link. You'll also get a good understanding of the limitations and liabilities of each wireless technology.Other topics covered in the book include:
Connecting to wireless hotspots
Using Microsoft's Smart Display to go wireless without a laptop
Putting GPS technology to use
Windows XP Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for technically savvy Windows XP users. Whether you're considering wireless as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in your home or office, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Windows XP, and how to take advantage of them.
Chapter 1 Wireless Networking Fundamentals
Understanding Radio Waves
Chapter 2 Wi-Fi on Your Notebook
802.11 Wireless Standards
Understanding 802.11 Speak
Connecting to a Wireless Network
Taking It on the Road
Chapter 3 Wi-Fi on the Road
Finding Wireless Networks
Chapter 4 Communicating Securely
Secure Wireless Computing
Virtual Private Networks
Secure Shell (SSH)
Are 802.11 Networks Really Secure?
Chapter 5 Configuring Wireless Access Points
Setting Up a Wireless Network
Case Study: The Home Network
Case Study: The Office Network
Configuring an Access Point
Ad-Hoc Wireless Networking
Setting Up a Wireless Repeater
Guidelines for Securing a Wireless Network
Chapter 6 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Standards Today
Bluetooth Service Profiles
Using Bluetooth in Windows XP
Connecting to a Pocket PC
Chapter 7 Infrared
IrDA in More Detail
Using IrDA in Windows XP
Infrared File Transfer
Chapter 8 Cellular Networking
Cellular Networking Price and Performance
Chapter 9 Global Positioning System (GPS)
How GPS Works
Chapter 10 Microsoft Smart Display and Remote Desktop
Wei-Meng Lee is an experienced author and developer specializing in .NET. He has co-authored many books on XML and mobile application development. He is also a contributing author to SQL Server Magazine, Visual Studio Magazine, and .NET Magazine. His first book for O'Reilly, Windows XP Unwired, was released in August 2003.
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. The item on the cover of Windows XP Unwired is a bird cage. When a pet owner invests in a bird cage, he needs to consider certain factors, such as safety and size. A bird pecks at the bars of its cage, so the materials that the cage is made of are important because certain metals are poisonous to birds. Stainless steel is the best type of metal to use; however, if this is not available, there are cages that have a "bird-safe" powder baked on to the metal. This coating protects the bird from any toxins. In terms of the size of a cage, it should be large enough to offer at least double the bird's wing span, from the top to the bottom of the cage as well as from side to side. Ideally, a bird should have even more room than that. In addition, it is sometimes suggested that it is a good idea to provide your pet bird with a large cage for the day and a smaller one for sleep, in order to offer the bird a change of scenery. Mary Brady was the production editor and the copyeditor for Windows XP Unwired. Sada Preisch was the proofreader. Emily Quill, Phil Dangler, and Mary Anne Weeks Mayo provided quality control. Judy Hoer wrote the index.Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book. The cover image is an original photograph by Edie Freedman. Emma Colby produced the cover layout with QuarkXPress 4.1 using Adobe's Helvetica Neue and ITC Garamond fonts.David Futato designed the interior layout. This book was converted to FrameMaker 5.5.6 by Andrew Savikas with a format conversion tool created by Erik Ray, Jason McIntosh, Neil Walls, and Mike Sierra that uses Perl and XML technologies. The text font is Linotype Birka; the heading font is Adobe Helvetica Neue Condensed; and the code font is LucasFont's TheSans Mono Condensed. The illustrations that appear in the book were produced by Robert Romano and Jessamyn Read using Macromedia Free-Hand 9 and Adobe Photoshop 6. This colophon was compiled by Mary Brady.
Windows XP has one of the best fetures, i.e "native support" for LANs. Wireless support in XP makes upgrading to the new OS more appealing for all types of users who wants wireless connection availabe always. Users no longer need to worry about technical details of configuring wireless network, it is always available.
Windows XP Unwired explains what is wireless network and how to use wireless network in Windows XP. Author explained very well from the very basics about network, what is a network, uses. After that he explains about what are the advantages, challenges about wireless network, how to secure a wireless network, how to setup your own wireless network at home. Once you complete this book, you will be able to setup your own network without any expert help.
First it explains the fundamentals of network, like what is a TCP/IP, how it works, then radio waves. Then it explains what is Wi-Fi network, 802.11 Wirless standards, how to use 802.11 wireless on the road, wireless hotspots, how to find wireless hotspots. How to use Infrared port on your Palm / Pocket PC, Bluetooth technology, GPS, and Cellular Networking.
The entire book is organized to explain you about What a specific Technology is (for example Blue Tooth), what are the current standards, how to use that technology, advantages and disadvantages (if any), limitations, and how XP supports that technology.
The best part about this book is, though it says Windows XP unwired, it explains about wireless adapters, NIC. It has case studies on how to setup Home Network.
Other topics conved in this book includes, XP default firewall, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Remote Desktop. It is like a complete reference for wirelss networking technology.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand wirless networking.