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Teach yourself visually wireless networking
Carter, Todd W.
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Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2004]

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287 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
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A comprehensive visual guide to setting up, configuring, using and maintaining a wireless network for small offices and homes, this book helps answer readers' questions about wireless networking, making it easy to create a small office and home networks on a Windows platform.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introducing Wireless Networks
Introduction to Wireless Networksp. 4
What is a Network?p. 6
Benefits of Wireless Networkingp. 10
Disadvantages of Wireless Networkingp. 12
Types of Wireless Technologyp. 14
Applications for Wireless Networksp. 16
Review System Requirementsp. 18
Consider Your Networking Requirementsp. 20
Discover Wireless Standardsp. 22
Discover Network Configurationsp. 24
Introduction to Wireless Securityp. 26
Discover Networking Speedsp. 28
Estimate Coverage Rangep. 30
Chapter 2 Setting up Wireless Network Hardware
Installation Issuesp. 34
Choose Wireless Hardwarep. 36
Broadband Modemsp. 40
Network Bridgesp. 42
Residential Gatewaysp. 44
Access Pointsp. 46
Set Up a Wireless Gatewayp. 48
Set Up an Access Pointp. 50
Download Firmwarep. 52
Upgrade Firmwarep. 56
Introduction to DHCPp. 58
Chapter 3 Installing Wireless Hardware
Installation Issuesp. 62
Wireless Adaptersp. 66
Using Wireless Adaptersp. 68
Install a Network Adapterp. 70
Using Network Adapter Utilitiesp. 75
Confirm Driver Installationp. 76
Troubleshooting a Network Adapterp. 80
Chapter 4 Configuring Wireless Networks
Windows XP Overviewp. 84
View Available Networksp. 86
Configure an Available Networkp. 88
Add a Preferred Networkp. 90
Remove a Preferred Networkp. 92
Move a Preferred Networkp. 93
View Signal Strengthp. 94
Confirm Zero Configuration Is Onp. 96
Disable Automatic Configurationp. 100
Enable Automatic Configurationp. 101
Create a Wireless Bridgep. 102
Troubleshoot a Windows XP Wireless Networkp. 104
Chapter 5 Creating Computer-to-Computer Networks
Computer-to-Computer Considerationsp. 108
Computer-to-Computer versus Infrastructure Networksp. 110
Configure Host PCp. 112
Configure Client PCp. 116
Enable Internet Sharingp. 118
Install Internet Connection Firewallp. 120
Troubleshooting Computer-to-Computer Networksp. 122
Chapter 6 Working on Wireless Networks
Wireless Network Service and Resourcesp. 126
Connect to a Wireless Networkp. 128
Browse a Networkp. 130
Share a Folderp. 132
Monitor Shared Foldersp. 134
Assign a Letter to a Network Folderp. 138
Add a Network Printerp. 142
Chapter 7 Administering Wireless Networks
Establish User Accountsp. 148
Add a User Accountp. 150
Delete a User Accountp. 154
Assign a User Passwordp. 158
Activate a Guest Accountp. 162
Change a Workgroup Namep. 164
Share Information on a Wireless Networkp. 168
Share a Printer on a Wireless Networkp. 170
Chapter 8 Securing Wireless Networks
Network Securityp. 174
Benefits of Securityp. 176
Disadvantages of Securityp. 177
Threats to Network Datap. 178
Enable WEP Encryptionp. 180
Change a Network Namep. 184
Manage a Hardware Access Listp. 186
Enable Port Forwardingp. 188
Install a ZoneAlarm Firewallp. 190
Configure ZoneAlarmp. 194
Chapter 9 Connecting on the Road
Connect Away from Homep. 198
Wireless Service Providersp. 200
Find Wi-Fi Hotspotsp. 202
View Available Networksp. 204
Chat on a Wi-Fi Networkp. 206
Set Up a VPN Connectionp. 212
Chapter 10 Connecting with Wireless Devices
Get Familiar with Wireless Devicesp. 218
Palm Computerp. 220
Pocket PCp. 222
PDA Wireless Adaptersp. 224
Pocket PC Synchronization with ActiveSyncp. 226
Synchronize Information over a Wireless Networkp. 228
Synchronize Information from a Pocket PCp. 232
Configure a Palm PDAp. 236
Configure a Print Serverp. 240
Chapter 11 Improving Network Performance
Factors Affecting Wireless Rangep. 250
Increase Wireless Rangep. 252
Monitor Radio Signalsp. 254
Chapter 12 Troubleshooting a Wireless Network
Troubleshooting Overviewp. 262
Troubleshoot with the Diagnostics Toolp. 264
Renew DHCP Lease with ipconfigp. 268
Show Network Connections with netstatp. 272
Confirm Connection with pathpingp. 274