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Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies

Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies

Danny Briere, Pat Hurley

ISBN: 978-0-471-77822-6

Oct 2005

388 pages



  • 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

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