- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (September 26, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596005598
- ISBN-13: 978-0596005597
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,585,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wireless Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools 1st Edition
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"Wireless Hacks is essential reading for anyone interested in pushing this technology in a highly practical manner. It really does showcase the very best tricks and tips developed by a highly active wireless community." - Linux User, December 2003 [Linux User & Developer Classic]
About the Author
Rob Flickenger has been a professional systems administrator for more than 10 years, and all around hacker for as long as he can remember. Rob enjoys spreading the good word of open networks, open standards, and ubiquitous wireless networking. His current professional project is Metrix Communication LLC, which provides wireless hardware and software that embodies the same open source principles he rants about in his books. Rob also works with the U.N. and various international organizations to bring these ideas to places where communications infrastructure is badly needed. He hopes that all of this effort is contributing toward the ultimate goal of infinite bandwidth everywhere for free. He is the author of two other O'Reilly books: Linux Server Hacks and Building Wireless Community Networks (which is in its second edition).
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There is some other background on other 802.11 protocol information. But I don't consider a background on 802.11 family of protocols a "tip". That's just information. What I want is gems of practical and applicable ideas/methods that you can only learn from long experience.
In that respect this is disappointing.
If you're serious about Wifi hacking get Wi-Foo. If you want a painless and low cost introduction then Wireless Hacks is appropriate.
The first section was probably the least appealing to me, though for many people it will be the main reason they buy the book. This section covers Bluetooth, mobile phones, and GPS. If you want some great remote control and automation techniques, like being able to control your home network through your Bluetooth phone, then you need this section. This covers everything from Bluetooth setup for Windows, Linux, and OS X to controling your home entertainment system through your PDA.
Section 2 is for all the wardrivers in the crowd. Detecting networks, monitoring your own home network, and software suggestions abound. The book even shows you how to create a map of local wireless access points (Hack #22). Now all you need is Google Maps API and you can create something like this. And if you're worried about the people reading section 2, you need section 3 -- "Wireless Security."
Sections 4-6 are the "real" hacking bits -- hardware and software modifications that make your equipment work better. Hardware mods are in section 4, including some useful inforamtion about boosting your network's signal. My favorite hack is #57 -- the wireless access point that you can screw into an overhead light socket -- without losing the light itself! The most interesting is the rewiring job that they do on a pistol mouse to make it totally wireless (Hack #61). The benefit to this section isn't so much in the DIY projects that they give you, but in understanding how to do things so you can apply that to your own projects.
Section 5 is the software section, for those of us who aren't totally comfortable with tearing into our equipment with a soldering iron. And section 6 is devoted to making your own antennae to expand the range of your network.
Section 7 is the one section I wish I'd had when I started my own network -- proper wireless network design. While the house is small enough that I didn't have to do much planning, a better-designed network would have been really helpful when my father-in-law showed up with his computer and wanted to use the network. This is the section that is a must-read for anyone before starting your network.
I really enjoy the O'Reilly Hacks books. No matter what the subject, I always end up learning a lot more than I originally thought I would, and I get some great ideas for ways to improve what I've already got. But I still don't think I'll be building the RC car/wireless acces point (Hack #62) anytime soon.
To some (many?) of you, the do-it-yourself ethos of this book may be its greatest allure. Flickenger reinforces this with many examples of analysis programs contributed by enthusiasts, often with source code available for your modification.
If indeed you seem attracted, do not tarry. Flickenger may not explicitly state this anywhere in the book, but it really describes a field and hobby that will rapidly make much of the book obsolete. Chances are, in a few years hardware will be standardised by a few major manufacturers, and most operating systems will have all the necessary wireless software. So if you want some fun, perhaps now is the time.
Wireless Hacks isn't a traditional book, but as the title implies, it is composed of one hundred tips, tricks, suggestions, DIYs (do it yourself), tools or simply *hacks* regarding all things wireless. Open it up to the index and browse for something that catches your eye. This book really is not meant to be read front to back although you can if you want. I found myself using my trusty old magazine technique of folding over pages of things I wanted to try out or that were quick solutions to current problems. There are enough nuggets in this book to make it worthwhile even for wired users (check out #36 Estimating Network Performance or all of Chapter 3: Network Monitoring).
Glen Flieshman mentions in the foreword that "... Rob Flickenger is an early adopter's early adopter" which sums up the value Rob brings to the table. He is a wireless pioneer paving the way to unplugging but yet staying connected and the really cool thing is that he is willing to share.
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