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Wi-Fi Toys: 15 Cool Wireless Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment

Wi-Fi Toys: 15 Cool Wireless Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment

Mike Outmesguine

ISBN: 978-0-764-55894-8

Jul 2004

408 pages

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Description

  • This ultra-cool volume invites readers to tap into your inner geek and build seventeen ultra-cool wireless devices including a solar powered access point, a wireless picture frame that dynamically changes its own photos, and even a wireless car-to-car audio and video system
  • With a few simple tools, some off-the-shelf parts, and this book, readers will be creating wireless devices they never thought were possible-toys that certainly can't be found at the local computer store
  • Written by the cofounder and members of the Southern California Wireless Users Group, this book provides readers with hands-on instruction and insider tips and tricks from those who are on the bleeding edge of wireless technology
  • New addition to the ExtremeTech line of books-books for serious technophiles
Preface.

Introduction.

PART I: BUILDING ANTENNAS.

Chapter 1: Building Your Own Wi-Fi Antenna Cable.

Chapter 2: Building a Classic Paperclip Antenna.

Chapter 3: Building a Directional Tin Can Antenna.

Chapter 4: Modifying Your Access Point with a High-Gain Antenna.

PART II: WAR DRIVING—WIRELESS NETWORK DISCOVERY AND VISUALIZATION.

Chapter 5: Gearing Up for War Driving.

Chapter 6: War Driving with NetStumbler.

Chapter 7: Mapping Your War Driving Results.

PART III: PLAYING WITH ACCESS POINTS.

Chapter 8: Build Your Own Outdoor Access Point.

Chapter 9: Building a Solar-Powered Wireless Repeater.

Chapter 10: Creating a Free Wireless Hotspot.

Chapter 11: Playing Access Point Games.

PART IV: JUST FOR FUN.

Chapter 12: Wi-Fi Your TiVo.

Chapter 13: Create a Long-Distance Wi-Fi Link.

Chapter 14: Deploy a Car-to-Car Wireless Video Link.

Chapter 15: Making a Dynamic Wireless Digital Picture Frame.

Index.

“…capture that sense of physics experimentation class and draw your curiosity in…” (Linux Magazine, February 2005)

“…well written, generously illustrated and sure to spark the imagination of Wi-Fi tinkerers everywhere…” (PC Utilities, August 2004)

"The cable building chapter alone justifies purchasing this fascinating book. I'm trying the Car-to-Car WiFi Video project next!" (Jim Sutton, Wireless Tech Radio)

Welcome to the publisher's Companion Web Site for Wi-Fi Toys

Welcome to the publisher's companion Web site for Wi-Fi Toys: 15 Cool Wireless Projects for Home, Office, and Entertainment. On this site you will find Wi-Fi Toys links and updates to the book.

To find out more about Wi-Fi Toys and to find web sites covered by the book, click on Extras from the menu to the left.

Periodically, updates to the book will be posted on the site. Please check the menu to the left for an Errata link. If no link for Errata appears, it means none has been posted.

The author welcomes your comments and suggestions. You can contact him at mike@outmesguine.com.

For more projects, resources, and other tasty tidbits devoted to making your Toys successful, visit the author-maintained website at www.wifi-toys.com.