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Title:
Installing, troubleshooting, and repairing wireless networks
Author:
Aspinwall, Jim.
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Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [2003]

©2003
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xvi, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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English
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9780071410700
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A definitive reference to the benefits, pitfalls, set-up, troubleshooting, and repair of the most common implementations of wireless networking.


Author Notes

Jim Aspinwall has been the Windows Helpdesk columnist and feature editor for CNET.COM and author of three books on PC maintenance. He has worked for a variety of computer software and support companies and is currently providing PC support and web consulting services. A resident of Campbell, California, Jim is also an amateur radio operator and an OSHA certified tower climber, maintaining radio transmission sites in Northern California. You may send him e-mail via wireless@raisen.com


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Chapter 1 Wireless Essentialsp. 1
Wireless Definedp. 3
Wireless Equals Infraredp. 3
Wireless Equals Radio Frequenciesp. 4
Wireless Networking Radio Spectrump. 16
Summaryp. 18
Chapter 2 Wireless Network Criteria and Expectationsp. 19
Performance--What To Expectp. 21
Do You Need Wireless Technology?p. 23
Is the Site Wireless-Friendly?p. 23
Can You Use Wireless Technology?p. 25
Who Will Design, Install, and Maintain Your Wireless System?p. 29
The Cost of Wirelessp. 30
Summaryp. 32
Chapter 3 Wireless Network Basicsp. 33
Ready for Wireless?p. 36
How Did Wireless Suddenly Come to Involve Wires?p. 41
Summaryp. 42
Chapter 4 Antennas and Cablesp. 43
Antennasp. 44
Omnidirectional Antennasp. 46
Directional Yagi Antennasp. 50
Antenna Radiation Polarity and Diversityp. 56
Wiresp. 57
Connectorsp. 62
Type Np. 63
TNCp. 63
SMAp. 64
MC and MMCXp. 65
Remote Mounted Access Points and Amplifiersp. 65
Summaryp. 66
Chapter 5 Common Wireless Network Componentsp. 69
Client-Side Wireless Adaptersp. 70
PC Cardp. 71
CF Card Adapterp. 72
PC Card PCI Bus Adapterp. 72
PCI Bus Cardp. 73
ISA Bus Interfacep. 73
USB Interfacep. 73
Network-Side Wireless Equipmentp. 74
Access Pointsp. 74
Wireless Bridgesp. 75
Wireless Gateways and Routersp. 76
Wireless Signal Power Amplifiersp. 77
Power Limitations for 802.11b Systemsp. 78
Point-to-Point Configurationsp. 80
802.11a Point-to-Multipointp. 82
Summaryp. 82
Chapter 6 Typical Wireless Installationsp. 83
Wireless at Homep. 85
Wireless at Workp. 88
Wireless on Campusp. 95
Wireless in the Communityp. 98
Wireless Internet Service Providersp. 100
Summaryp. 103
Chapter 7 Hardware Installation and Setupp. 105
Single Access Point Installationsp. 106
What the Instruction Manual Will Tell Youp. 108
Hardware Configuration Concernsp. 110
Connecting and Configuring Your Access Pointp. 111
Connecting and Configuring Your Client Adaptersp. 112
Configuring Your Wireless Adapterp. 114
Windows XPp. 114
Windows 98, 98SE, and Mep. 120
First Connect Problemsp. 123
Common Connection Problemsp. 125
Summaryp. 131
Chapter 8 Extending and Maintaining Coveragep. 133
Multipathp. 134
Solving Multipath Problemsp. 137
Antennasp. 138
Line-of-Sight--Placing an Antenna So It Can "See" Clientsp. 138
Antennas versus Adding a Bridge and Access Pointp. 140
Signal Amplifiersp. 140
Radiating Cablep. 142
Passive Repeatersp. 143
Multiple Access Point Networksp. 145
Avoiding Channel Overlap and Other Networksp. 146
Summaryp. 148
Chapter 9 Wireless Network Securityp. 151
Threatsp. 153
Theft of Service or Informationp. 153
Denial of Servicep. 154
Detectionp. 155
Identifying Interferencep. 157
Identifying Interventionp. 157
Preventive Measuresp. 159
Access Control Systems and WEP Alternativesp. 160
Summaryp. 161
Chapter 10 Software for Wireless Networksp. 163
UNIX/Linuxp. 165
Resources for Linux and Other Flavors of UNIXp. 167
Apple Macintoshp. 170
Resources for Macintoshp. 170
Microsoft Windowsp. 171
Resources for Windowsp. 171
Generic Referencesp. 173
Summaryp. 175
Chapter 11 Wireless Access and Security Solutionsp. 177
Funk Software: Odyssey Installationp. 178
Windows 2000 Server Installationp. 179
Odyssey Installationp. 180
Access Point Reconfigurationp. 187
Client Software Installationp. 188
WiMetrics: WiSentry Installationp. 192
Windows 2000 Server Configurationp. 193
WiSentry Installation and Usep. 194
ISS: Wireless Scannerp. 197
Summaryp. 200
Chapter 12 System Configuration Datap. 203
Legacy Devicesp. 204
Logical Devicesp. 205
Changing Your Configurationp. 208
I/O Addressesp. 209
Interruptsp. 216
Plug-and-Playp. 218
Summaryp. 220
Chapter 13 Creating a SOHO Wireless Networkp. 221
DSL Installationp. 224
Router Installationp. 228
Access Point Installationp. 237
Installing Wireless Clientsp. 242
Configure Dynamic DNS Updates and Always-On KeepAlivesp. 247
Local Firewall Security and Virus Protectionp. 249
Summaryp. 251
Chapter 14 Neighborhood and Community Wireless Networksp. 253
Sharing Your SOHO WLANp. 254
Open Community Wireless Networksp. 258
Wireless ISPsp. 263
Portal Softwarep. 265
Summaryp. 266
Chapter 15 Upcoming Standards and Trendsp. 267
Using Radios and Resources for Networkingp. 268
Going Beyond Current Wireless Networking Standardsp. 274
802.11g--Higher Speed at 2.4 GHzp. 275
802.11i--Enhanced Securityp. 276
802.1x--A Security Standard for All Networksp. 278
Summaryp. 278
Chapter 16 Installing Antennasp. 281
Be Safe!p. 282
Boy Scouts and Mariners Need Not Applyp. 288
Materials and Techniquesp. 290
The Proper Tools and Suppliesp. 291
Mast and Antenna Installation Materialsp. 291
Good Neighbor Policy and Local Regulationsp. 294
Best Practices and Techniquesp. 294
A Few Final Hintsp. 300
Summaryp. 302
Appendix A Cable Connectionsp. 303
Appendix B Assembling RF Connectorsp. 305
Toolsp. 306
Solderingp. 307
Techniquep. 307
The Connectorsp. 309
Type N Plugs and Jacksp. 310
SMA Plugs and Jacksp. 315
TNC Plugs and Jacksp. 318
Appendix C On the CD-ROMp. 323
Resources for Windowsp. 323
Resources for Macintoshp. 333
Linux Resourcesp. 334
Glossaryp. 337
Indexp. 387

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