802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2005
Pages: 672

As we all know by now, wireless networks offer many advantages over fixed (or wired) networks. Foremost on that list is mobility, since going wireless frees you from the tether of an Ethernet cable at a desk. But that's just the tip of the cable-free iceberg. Wireless networks are also more flexible, faster and easier for you to use, and more affordable to deploy and maintain.The de facto standard for wireless networking is the 802.11 protocol, which includes Wi-Fi (the wireless standard known as 802.11b) and its faster cousin, 802.11g. With easy-to-install 802.11 network hardware available everywhere you turn, the choice seems simple, and many people dive into wireless computing with less thought and planning than they'd give to a wired network. But it's wise to be familiar with both the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. And 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is the perfect place to start.This updated edition covers everything you'll ever need to know about wireless technology. Designed with the system administrator or serious home user in mind, it's a no-nonsense guide for setting up 802.11 on Windows and Linux. Among the wide range of topics covered are discussions on:

  • deployment considerations
  • network monitoring and performance tuning
  • wireless security issues
  • how to use and select access points
  • network monitoring essentials
  • wireless card configuration
  • security issues unique to wireless networks
With wireless technology, the advantages to its users are indeed plentiful. Companies no longer have to deal with the hassle and expense of wiring buildings, and households with several computers can avoid fights over who's online. And now, with 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, you can integrate wireless technology into your current infrastructure with the utmost confidence.
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Comments about oreilly 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition:

I do volunteer tech support for my church. The building wireless was intermittently not allowing people on - different people at different times. Using this book as a foundation, I installed Kila Linux on a wireless laptop and used aircrack-ng with wireshark to track down a DHCP problem. The network engineers at church headquarters fixed a Cisco configuration error, and everything now works. Without this book I would still be clueless and in the dark.

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    Comments about oreilly 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition:

    Gast goes into great detail explaining the inner workings of 802.11 communication and security protocols as well as an essential introduction of RF physics. This reference should be on the shelf of every Wi-Fi administrator's library.

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    Wow. Definitive.

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    Comments about oreilly 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition:

    This was a very detailed review of the 802.11 protocol itself plus its application to wireless networking. The author explores each detail of 802.11 down to the protocol definitions and syntax of each type of packet. From here a survay of the types of networks that can be set up are covered as well as the various pieces of wireless networks including access points and end points. The level of detail could be viewed as overwhelming if you are only trying to set up a home router, but it will be much appreciated for those who need a closer look at 802.11 for experimental, scholarly or professional use.

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    Great Book

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    great book, covers from the basic to the complex carachteristics of wireless networks. From the instalation (including site survey) to wireless network teory.

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