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The Book of Wi-Fi: Install, Configure, and Use 802.11B Wireless Networking 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 068-9145114508
ISBN-10: 188641145X
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". . . covers the issues without belaboring the details." -- DesktopEngineer.com

". . .a bridge over troubled waters for those who want to go wireless but don't know where to start. . ." -- The Sacramento Bee

". . .author's practical and fluff-free style liberates this book from the hype and dogmatic tone that prevail in other books." -- IBM DeveloperWorks

". . .shines a big bright spotlight on the murky world of Wi-Fi." -- Dingbat Magazine

"The author has done an absolutely fabulous job of taking complex information and explaining it in laymen's terms." -- Bityard.com

"an excellent choice for the beginning network installer" -- Greater Tampa Bay PC User Group, August 2004

About the Author

John Ross has worked as a consultant on wired and wireless networking for several manufacturers, including Motorola and AT&T. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Internet Power Tools (Random House), Connecting with Windows (Sybex), Wiring Home Networks (Sunset Books), and The Book of Wireless (No Starch Press).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (February 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188641145X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886411456
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,441,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on October 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
What I liked a lot about this book besides the wealth of information presented in a concise form was also its (at times) informal approach to the topic. The author places himself in the shoes of the average person struggling to set up their own wireless network in either a business or home situation.
The book's first chapter describes how "wi-fi" works, and the next chapter explains the "materials" you need to set up a wireless network. The next couple of chapters describe how to install network access points and interfaces. Since I have some knowledge of LAN's, I was able to see the "comparisons" between conventional networks and wireless. I'm assuming that was what the author had in mind while writing the book.
He also talks about extending your wireless network, guerilla (ie "illegal") networking. and security for wireless networks. I was glad to see that chapter, as I had heard it could be relatively easy to "interrupt" network traffic, as well as breaking into a wireless network illegally. While the author points out no wi-fi network will ever be 100% safe, better to be safe than sorry. And last but not least, the book's final chapter is on troubleshooting your network.
I found this book to be a great introduction to wireless networks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "flash-mx" on June 23, 2003
Format: Paperback
I found that this book had VERY comprehensive sections on setting up wireless connections for all the major operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, as well as setting up Wi-Fi for your PDA and other handheld devices.
Overall this is an outstanding book which gives you a good working knowledge of every aspect of wireless networking and how to set up a small home network or a larger corporate Wi-Fi network with a firewall and VPN...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W P Slatin on July 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is great! It covers everything that has anything to do with Wi-Fi, 802.1b, etc. This book presents, in plain, understandable English, everything you need and or wanted to know.
The book covers everything from IP addresses to antennas, to frequency theory. A perfect guide for anyone working with networking, or anybody who is just curious about the topic. Do yourself a favor... buy this book and then give one as a gift to a friend. It's well worth it!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on March 6, 2004
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This book is neither for the end user, nor is it for the power user. For the end user the Windows side is covered well enough, but probably not at the level you would want. For the Mac end-user the coverage is only about OS 9, which is crazy for a book published in 2003. For the power user you will want Wireless Hacks from O'Reilly, which has much more in-depth coverage of the hacky side of wireless; packet scanning, hacking hardware, making your own antenna, shotgun wireless.
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Have not had the opportunity to read the entire book. but I plan to read it and then I will form a review.
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