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Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9583-7
388 pages
September 2005
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  • Fun projects and valuable content join forces to enable readers to turn their wireless home network into a high-performance wireless infrastructure capable of entertainment networking and even home automation
  • Step-by-step instructions help readers find, buy, and install the latest and greatest wireless equipment
  • The authors are home tech gurus and offer detailed discussion on the next-generation wireless gear that will move the wireless LAN beyond computers and into telephony, entertainment, home automation/control, and even automotive networking
  • The number of wireless LAN users in North America is expected to grow from 4.2 million current users to more than 31 million by 2007
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Making Your World Wireless 7

Chapter 1: Wireless Inside Everything! 9

Chapter 2: Wireless Network Basics 23

Chapter 3: Wireless LAN Infrastructure 39

Chapter 4: Wi-Fi and Broadband Connections 55

Part II: Boosting Performance on Your Wireless Network 71

Chapter 5: Combining Wired and Wireless Networks 73

Chapter 6: Better Living Through Network Monitoring 89

Chapter 7: Boosting Signal Strength Where You Need It 109

Chapter 8: Staying Safe in the Wireless World 127

Part III: Wireless on the Go 147

Chapter 9: On the Road Again with 802.11 149

Chapter 10: Staying Safe on Any Wireless Network 169

Chapter 11: Outfitting Your Car with Wireless 185

Chapter 12: Operating Your Own Hot Spot 219

Part IV: Cool Wireless Toys 241

Chapter 13: Building a Wireless Audio Network 243

Chapter 14: Wirelessly Securing, Monitoring, and Automating Your Home 265

Chapter 15: It’s Your Dime: IP Calls and Your Wireless Network 289

Chapter 16: That’s Not All: Other Cool Wireless Toys 311

Part V: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 17: (Almost) Ten Sites for Advanced Wireless Topics 329

Chapter 18: Top Ten Wi-Fi Security Questions 335

Index 345

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Author Information

Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited nine books, including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs.

Pat Hurley is a consultant with TeleChoice, Inc., who specializes in emerging telecommunications technologies, particularly all the latest access and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and home-networking services. Pat frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies.

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