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Mac OS X unwired : a guide for home, office, and the road
Negrino, Tom.
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First edition.
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Sebastopol, CA : O'Reilly, [2004]

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xiv, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
Introduction to wireless computing -- Wi-fi in your Mac -- Making the Wi-fi connection -- Wi-fi on the road -- Security -- Bluetooth -- Cellular connectivity -- Rendezvous.
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Mac OS X Unwired introduces you to 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 your wireless services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Mac OS X, including Wi-Fi (802.11b and g), infrared, Bluetooth, CDMA2000, and GPRS. You'll learn how to set up your first wireless network and how use the Mac OS X software that supports wireless, such as iSync, iChat, and Rendezvous. You'll also get a good understanding of the limitations and liabilities of each wireless technology.Other topics covered in the book include:

Using wireless at home, in the office, or on the road Connecting to wireless hotspots Wireless Security Mac OS X Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for technically savvy Mac users. If you're considering wireless as an alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in your home or office, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Mac OS X, and how to get the most out of them.

Author Notes

Tom Negrino is a book author and contributing editor for Macworld magazine. He began his writing career in 1985 with MacGuide magazine, joining the Macworld ranks in 1987. Tom's articles have appeared in several other magazines, and he has written more than a dozen books since 1994. A frequent speaker at Macworld Expo and other computer trade shows, Tom teaches seminars on Mac and Windows software.

Dori Smith is co-author of JavaScript for the WWW: Visual QuickStart Guide, 4th Edition, author of Java 2 for the WWW: Visual QuickStart Guide, and a contributor to numerous online and print computer industry magazines. She's a frequent speaker at industry conferences, belongs to the Steering Committee for the Web Standards Project, and serves as Publisher and ListMom for the Wise-Women's Web organization.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1. Introduction to Wireless Computingp. 1
Why Go Wireless?p. 1
Connecting Without Wiresp. 2
Wireless Hardwarep. 4
Bluetoothp. 10
Wireless Softwarep. 13
Chapter 2. Wi-Fi in Your Macp. 16
About 802.11b and 802.11gp. 16
AirPort Cardsp. 19
Installing AirPort Cardsp. 23
Third-Party Connection Solutionsp. 23
Setting Up Your Mac to Use Wi-Fip. 26
Extending the Titanium PowerBook's Rangep. 32
Chapter 3. Making the Wi-Fi Connectionp. 40
Setting Up a Wireless Networkp. 40
Networking Principlesp. 40
AirPort Base Stationsp. 46
Using the AirPort Admin Utilityp. 59
Roaming Networksp. 70
Internet Sharing (Software Base Stations)p. 72
Computer to Computer Networksp. 74
Third-Party Base Stationsp. 75
Chapter 4. Wi-Fi on the Roadp. 79
Finding a Hotspotp. 79
Ethics and Legalities of Open Networksp. 88
Chapter 5. Securityp. 90
Secure Wireless Computingp. 90
Virtual Private Networksp. 91
Secure Shell (SSH)p. 95
Firewallsp. 96
Wi-Fi Securityp. 97
Are 802.11 Networks Really Secure?p. 110
Chapter 6. Bluetoothp. 117
About Bluetoothp. 118
Choosing and Installing a Bluetooth Adapterp. 118
Connecting Cellular Phonesp. 121
Connecting a PDAp. 134
Using iSyncp. 137
Bluetooth Securityp. 143
Troubleshooting Bluetoothp. 144
Chapter 7. Cellular Connectivityp. 146
Cellular Networking Price and Performancep. 146
GPRSp. 148
SMS Messagingp. 157
CDMAp. 158
Accelerationp. 160
Tips for Road Warriorsp. 163
Chapter 8. Rendezvousp. 165
What Is Rendezvous?p. 165
Setting Up Peer-to-Peer Networkingp. 168
Using Rendezvous with iChat AVp. 169
Using Rendezvous with Safarip. 169
Using Rendezvous with Caminop. 172
Sharing Files Using Rendezvousp. 173
Remote Loginp. 175
Collaborative Editing with SubEthaEditp. 175
Using Rendezvous with iTunes to Share Musicp. 178
Appendix RF and Infraredp. 181
Glossaryp. 193
Indexp. 201