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Wireless home networking for dummies
Briere, Daniel D.
Personal Author:
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2011]

Physical Description:
xviii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Synopsis: Share stuff safely and wirelessly on Windows PCs or Mac OS X machines. Why go wireless? It's easy, convenient, inexpensive, and, with the emergence of new industry standards, better than ever! These experts know what you should look for (and look out for). They'll walk you through the pros and cons of the different standards, planning and installing your network, setting up security, and getting the most from your investment. Discover how to: Choose the right networking equipment; Integrate Bluetooth into your network; Work with servers, gateways, routers, and switches; Protect your network from intruders; Understand 802.11n.
Introduction -- About this book -- System requirements -- How this book is organized -- Part 1: Wireless networking fundamentals -- Part 2: Making plans -- Part 3: Installing a wireless network -- Part 4: Using your wireless network -- Part 5: Part of tens -- Icons used in this book -- Where to go from here -- Part 1: Wireless Networking Fundamentals -- Chapter 1: Introducing wireless home networking -- Nothing but net(work): why you need one -- File sharing -- Printer and peripheral sharing -- Internet connection sharing -- Phone calling for free -- Home arcades and wireless to go -- Wired versus wireless -- Installing wired home networks -- Installing wireless home networks -- Choosing a wireless standard -- Introducing the 802-11s: a, b, g, and n -- Comparing the standards -- Planning your wireless home network -- Choosing wireless networking equipment -- Access point -- Network interface adapters -- Wireless network interface adapters -- Chapter 2: Form a to n and b-yond -- Networking buzzwords you need to know -- Workstations and servers -- Network infrastructure -- Network interface adapters -- Getting the (access) point -- Setting parameters to create your own personal network -- Comparing infrastructure mode and ad hoc mode -- Your wireless network's power station: the antenna -- Exploring industry standards -- Wi-Fi history: 802-11b and 802-11a -- Outgoing standard: 802-11g -- Next big thing: 802-11n -- Understanding Wi-Fi certifications -- Institute for electrical and electronics engineers (IEEE) -- Wi-Fi alliance -- Chapter 3: Exploring bluetooth and other wireless networks -- Who or what is bluetooth? -- Comparing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth -- Communicating with Bluetooth devices: Piconets, Masters, and slaves -- Understanding Bluetooth connections -- Transmitting data via Bluetooth -- Securing data in a Bluetooth network -- Integrating Bluetooth into your wireless network -- Bluetoothing your mobile phone -- Wirelessly printing and transferring data -- Extending your wireless home network with "No new wires" solutions -- Controlling your home without wires -- Understanding how home control networks work -- Exploring wireless networking standards: ZigBee and Z-Wave -- Part 2: Making Plans -- Chapter 4: Planning a wireless home network -- Deciding what to connect to the network -- Counting network devices -- Deciding what devices to connect with wires and what to connect wirelessly -- Selecting a wireless technology -- Choosing an access point -- Deciding where to install the access point -- Adding printers to the network -- Adding entertainment and more -- Connecting to the Internet -- Budgeting for your wireless network -- Pricing access points -- Pricing wireless network adapters -- Looking at a sample budget -- Chapter 5: Choosing wireless home networking equipment -- Choosing an access point -- Understanding certification and standards -- Considering compatibility and form factor -- Looking for bundled functionality: servers, gateways, routers, and switches -- DHCP servers -- NAT and broadband routers -- Switches -- Print servers -- Exploring operational features -- Knowing what security features you need -- Examining range and coverage issues -- Controlling and managing your device -- Web-based configuration -- Software programming -- Upgradeable firmware -- Taking price into account -- Checking out warranties -- Finding out about customer and technical support -- Part 3: Installing a wireless network -- Chapter 6: Installing wireless access points in windows -- Before getting started, get prepared -- Setting up the access point -- Preparing to install a wireless AP -- Installing the AP-- Installing the AP -- Configuring AP parameters -- Changing the AP configuration -- Chapter 7: Setting up a wireless windows network -- Setting up wireless interface adapters -- Installing device drivers and client software -- PC cards and mini-PCI cards -- PCI and PCIx cards -- USB adapters -- Connecting to a wireless network with Windows XP -- Connecting to a wireless network with Windows Vista -- Connecting to a wireless network with Windows 7 -- Tracking your network's performance -- Chapter 8: Setting up a wireless Mac network -- Exploring your AirPort hardware options -- Getting to know the AirPort card -- Apple AirPort extreme-ready computers -- Come in, AirPort base station over -- Getting aboard the AirPort express -- Backing up with time capsule -- Using AirPort with OS X Macs -- Configuring the AirPort base station on OS X -- Upgrading AirPort base station firmware on OS X -- Connecting another Mac to your AirPort network on OS X -- Adding a Non-apple computer to your AirPort Network -- Connecting to non-apple-based wireless networks -- Chapter 9: Securing your home network -- Assessing the risks -- General internet security -- Airlink security -- Getting into Encryption and authentication -- Introducing wired equivalent privacy (WEP) -- Opting for a better way: WPA -- Clamping down on your wireless home network's security -- Getting rid of the defaults -- Enabling encryption -- Closing your network -- Taking the easy road -- Going for the ultimate insecurity -- Part 4: Using your wireless network -- Chapter 10: Putting your wireless network to work -- Network review -- Getting to know the Windows 7 network and sharing center -- Sharing in Windows 7 - I can do that! -- Choosing what to share -- Setting up a homegroup in Windows 7 -- Sharing specific libraries -- Adding users -- Accessing shared files -- Be economical: share your printer -- Installing a printer in Windows XP -- Installing a printer in Vista and Windows 7 -- Accessing your shared printers -- Sharing other peripherals -- Sharing files between Macs and Windows-based PCs -- Getting on a Windows network -- Letting Windows users on your Mac network -- Chapter 11: Gaming over your wireless network -- PC gaming over a wireless home network -- Getting the right hardware -- Examining networking requirements -- Getting your gaming console on your wireless home network -- Exploring the advantages to using a console over a PC --

Connecting your console to your network -- Signing up for console online gaming services -- Dealing with router configurations to get a PC or Console online -- Getting an IP address -- Getting through your router's firewall -- Setting up a demilitarized zone (DMZ) -- Chapter 12: Networking your entertainment center -- Understanding how wireless networking can fit into your entertainment system -- Wirelessly enabling the gear in your home entertainment system -- Understanding bandwidth requirements for audio and video -- Exploring your equipment options -- Getting media from computers to traditional (non-networked) A/V equipment -- Choosing networked entertainment gear -- Adding Wi-Fi to Ethernet A/V gear -- Choosing equipment with built-in Wi-Fi -- Putting a networked PC in your home theater -- Wirelessly connecting inside your home theater -- Unwiring speakers -- Cutting the video cable -- Chapter 13: Extending your mobile network -- Building your own hot spots with 3G -- Exploring wireless WAN services -- Getting multiple devices online without buying multiple service plans -- Boosting your mobile network at home with a femtocell -- Exploring the pros and cons of femtocells -- Setting up a femtocell -- Chapter 14: Other cool things you can network -- Look, Ma, I'm on TV - video monitoring over wireless LANs -- Finding the right wireless network camera for you -- Setting up the camera -- Controlling your home over your wireless LAN -- Controlling your home-automation system with a touch panel -- Doing your wireless control less expensively -- Storing your (digital) stuff on your wireless network -- Exploring your server options -- Comparing features when buying a server -- Having your very own Wi-Fi robot -- Wirelessly connecting your digital cameras -- Chapter 15: Using a bluetooth network -- Discovering bluetooth basics -- Taking a look at bluetooth mobile phones -- Exploring other bluetooth devices -- Printers -- Audio systems -- Keyboards and meese (that's plural for mouse!) -- Bluetooth adapters -- Communicating with another Bluetooth device: pairing and discovery -- Chapter 16: Going wireless away from home -- Discovering public hot spots -- Exploring different types of hot spots -- Freenets and open access points -- For-pay services -- Tools for finding hot spots -- Staying secure in a hot spot environment -- Using a VPN -- Practicing safe browsing -- Dealing with hot spots on mobile devices -- Part 5: Part of tens -- Chapter 17: Ten FAQs about wireless home networks -- Which standard is right for me? -- Are dual-band routers worth the extra money? -- I can connect to the Internet with an Ethernet cable but not with my wireless LAN-what am I doing wrong? -- How do I get my video games to work on my wireless LAN? -- My videoconferencing application doesn't work-what do I do? -- How do I secure my network from hackers? -- What is firmware, and why might I need to upgrade it? -- Is NAT the same as a firewall? -- How can I find out my IP address? -- If everything stops working, what can I do? -- Chapter 18: Ten ways to troubleshoot wireless LAN performance -- Check the obvious -- Move the access point -- Move the antenna -- Change channels -- Check for dual-band interference -- Check for new obstacles -- Install another antenna -- Add an access point -- Add a repeater or bridge -- Check your cordless phone frequencies -- Chapter 19: Ten devices to connect to your wireless network in the future -- Your bike -- Your car -- Your home appliances -- Your entertainment system -- Wi-Fi networking will be built into receivers, Blu-ray disc players, and TVs -- Cables? Who needs them? -- Your musical instruments -- Your pets -- Your robots -- Your apparel -- Understanding the technology behind wearables -- Wearing personal tracking devices -- Going wireless with jewelry and accessories -- Everything in your home -- Where to ZigBee and Z-Wave -- Introducing Bluetooth 4-0 -- Chapter 20: Ten sources for more information -- CNET-com -- Amazon-com Shopping-com, Pricegrabber-com, and more -- WiFi planet, Wifi-forum, and more -- PC Magazine and PC World -- Electronic House Magazine -- Practically networked -- ExtremeTech-com -- Network World -- Wikipedia -- Other cool sites -- Tech and wireless news sites -- Industry organizations -- Roaming services and Wi-Finder organizations -- Manufacturers -- Index.

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