Wireless Hacks
100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: September 2003
Pages: 304

It's an increasingly wired world, but many people are finding that the best way to get connected is to do away with wires entirely. From cable replacement to universal Internet connectivity, wireless technology is changing the way we connect to our machines and to each other.

As with any new technology, buying your gear is only the first step. Understanding how to make the best use of it is another story. Wireless Hacks offers 100 industrial-strength tips about wireless networking, contributed by experts who apply what they know in the real world every day. Each Hack can be read in just a few minutes, but can save you hours of research.

Inside, you will find a wealth of useful techniques for making the most out of wireless technology, including:

  • Making sense of the alphabet soup of the 802.11 standards, and understanding which technology makes sense for your solving particular problem
  • Using Bluetooth, mobile radios, mobile data networks, and other exotic methods to keep you connected, no matter where you are
  • Practical methods for detecting, analyzing, and monitoring wireless networks
  • Extending the range of your network, and making the best possible use of the available radio spectrum
  • Designing and building your own antennas
  • Engineering long distance network links that span several miles
  • Understanding the security issues of wireless networking, and protecting yourself and your users from unauthorized access and eavesdropping
Written for the intermediate to advanced wireless user, Wireless Hacks is full of direct, practical, ingenious solutions to real-world networking problems. Whether your wireless network needs to extend to the edge of your office or to the other end of town, this collection of non-obvious, "from the field" techniques will show you how to get the job done.
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Wireless Hacks to the rescue

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I work on networks and computers all the time, reading Wireless Hacks helped me loging on to different networks!

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I bought notebook with WIFI and using it on internet access, so this book was really neccesary for me!!! Evyrobody using Wireless should know about hacking over it!!! Mark

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Rob Flickenger has done it once again and this time he actually used the word "hacks" in his latest book on wireless networking, fittingly entitled, Wireless Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools. The explosion and growth of wireless technology has a familiar feeling that takes one back to version 1.0 of web browsers and dialup connections that opened our eyes to a whole new world. From, imagine... I can see inline graphics, to, wow... I am streaming live content while sitting on my deck enjoying a cool one!

Wireless Hacks isn't a traditional book, but as the title implies, it is composed of one hundred tips, tricks, suggestions, DIYs (do it yourself), tools or simply *hacks* regarding all things wireless. Open it up to the index and browse for something that catches your eye. This book really is not meant to be read front to back although you can if you want. I found myself using my trusty old magazine technique of folding over pages of things I wanted to try out or that were quick solutions to current problems. There are enough nuggets in this book to make it worthwhile even for wired users (check out #36 Estimating Network Performance or all of Chapter 3: Network Monitoring).

Glen Flieshman mentions in the foreword that "... Rob Flickenger is an early adopter's early adopter" which sums up the value Rob brings to the table. He is a wireless pioneer paving the way to unplugging but yet staying connected and the really cool thing is that he is willing to share.

To find the Table of Contents, errata, sample chapters and purchasing information for, Wireless Hacks, see http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/wirelesshks

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I found this book to offer many good ideas and methods to dealing with wireless equipment. While this book focuses on wireless networking equipment the chapters in this book can be applied to most any wireless application with some modification.

My only complaint is that sometimes there is not enough detail provided when explaining how to create antennas, devices, or align antennas at long distances. Some chapters could better serve with in depth explinations. Other than that, I found this book to offer a wealth of information that the reader can then expand upon and research if needed.

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