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Linux unwired
Weeks, Roger.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly Media, Inc., [2004]

Physical Description:
xii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QA76.76.O63 W445 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In Linux 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 data services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Linux. You'll learn how to install and configure a variety of wireless technologies to fit different scenarios, including an office or home network and for use on the road. You'll also learn how to get Wi-Fi running on a laptop, how to use Linux to create your own access point, and how to deal with cellular networks, Bluetooth, and Infrared.Other topics covered in the book include:

Connecting to wireless hotspots Cellular data plans you can use with Linux Wireless security, including WPA and 802.1x Finding and mapping Wi-Fi networks with kismet and gpsd Connecting Linux to your Palm or Pocket PC Sending text messages and faxes from Linux through your cellular phone Linux Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for on-the-go Linux users. Whether you're considering Wi-Fi as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, using Bluetooth to network devices in your home or office,or want to use cellular data plans for access to data nearly everywhere, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Linux, and how to take advantage of them.

Author Notes

Roger Weeks is involved with community wireless and an Internet co-op in Sonoma County, California
Edd Dumbill, developer of the GNOME Bluetooth Subsystem, is the managing editor of
Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor and hacker, and volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a nonprofit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island

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Library Journal Review

Linux's popularity continues to grow owing to its lower cost and better security. Multiple flavors and uses of the OS lead to multiple guides; those listed here mainly cover the popular licensed Red Hat Enterprise and freely downloadable Fedora, both distributed by Red Hat. Pocket Guide explains the common commands (organized by function), uses, and options of Fedora Linux, focusing on the command line; minimal attention is given to graphical interfaces. A succinct reference for larger libraries owning more comprehensive guides. For beginners, Learning Red Hat Enterprise addresses both Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora and includes the smaller publisher's edition of Fedora on CD. After an introduction and history, the book moves from installing the operating system to setting up networking and understanding shell scripts. This clear, well-organized guide is highly recommended for all libraries. For intermediate users, Linux Unwired mixes two hot topics in one short text, showing with humor and enthusiasm how to use Linux with several wireless protocols and standards, including 802.11, Bluetooth, cellular data, and GPS. The authors explain how wireless works as well as how to set up your Linux box for wireless and create your own access point. Given the increased popularity of both Linux and wireless?in addition to the increased complexity of configuring wireless on Linux?this is recommended for medium and larger libraries. Moving includes Knoppix on CD-ROM, which allows readers to run a Debian-based Linux distribution without installing it on their hard drives, plus open source application software. It targets Microsoft administrators wanting to switch their business networks to a Linux environment, covering both system administration for the most common distributions and applications (e.g.,, Mozilla, and KOrganizer) and focusing on the KDE desktop; for larger libraries. For beginners, Beginning Fedora 2 contains the publisher's edition on DVD (or downloadable for readers without DVD drives). Step-by-step instructions, chapter summaries, and exercises help teach the OS. A little more comprehensive but less clear than Learning Red Hat; appropriate for medium and larger libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
1. Introduction to Wirelessp. 1
Radio Wavesp. 2
Connections Without Wiresp. 5
Wireless Alphabet Soupp. 6
Bluetoothp. 12
Cellular Datap. 13
Infraredp. 14
2. Wi-Fi on Your Linux Boxp. 15
Quick Startp. 15
Chipset Compatibilityp. 17
Four Steps to Wi-Fip. 23
Linux Wi-Fi Drivers in Depthp. 52
3. Getting On the Networkp. 65
Hotspotsp. 65
Wireless Network Discoveryp. 70
4. Communicating Securelyp. 80
The Pitfalls of WEPp. 80
The Future Is 802.11ip. 84
WPA: a Subset of 802.11ip. 86
WPA on Linuxp. 89
5. Configuring Access Points with Linuxp. 107
Linux-Friendly Wireless Vendorsp. 107
Commercial Wireless Equipment Overviewp. 109
Configuring Access Pointsp. 114
Flashing Your Access Pointp. 117
6. Building Your Own Access Pointp. 118
Hardwarep. 119
Softwarep. 131
Linux-Powered Off-the-Shelfp. 153
7. Bluetoothp. 173
Quick Startp. 174
Bluetooth Basicsp. 177
Bluetooth Hardwarep. 184
Linux Bluetooth Supportp. 185
Installing the BlueZ Utilitiesp. 190
Basic Configuration and Operationp. 191
Graphical Applicationsp. 213
Cool Bluetooth Tricksp. 216
8. Infraredp. 218
IrDA in the Kernelp. 220
PC Laptop with Built-in IrDAp. 221
Infrared Donglep. 222
Sharing a Network Connection over IrDAp. 225
Connecting to the Internet with a Cell Phonep. 231
Transferring Files with OpenOBEXp. 232
Synchronizing with a Palmp. 233
Pocket PCp. 239
9. Cellular Networkingp. 241
Cellular Datap. 241
Some Cellular Carriersp. 244
Phones and Cardsp. 247
Sending a Faxp. 261
Text Messagingp. 263
Accelerationp. 264
10. GPSp. 267
Uses of GPSp. 269
A GPS Glossaryp. 270
GPS Devicesp. 272
Listening to a GPSp. 273
Mapping Wi-Fi Networks with Kismetp. 279
GpsDrivep. 281
Other Applicationsp. 283
Indexp. 285