- Paperback: 388 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780764595837
- ISBN-13: 978-0764595837
- ASIN: 0764595830
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Connect the old, the new, the practical, and the fun!
Play multiplayer games, set up home surveillance, or take yournetwork outside
Now that you've got a wireless network going, you're getting theurge to see what else it can do, right? Hook up with this book andfind simple, fun ways to expand its possibilities. Add your homeentertainment gear, beef up speed and performance, discoverwireless on the go, and get more out of your network!
Discover how to
- Extend broadband throughout your home
- Protect your network from snoops
- Boost cellular signals
- Set up a wireless hot spot
- Take wireless to your car
- Make calls with your wireless network and VoIP
About the Author
Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunicationsconsulting company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company.Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networkingindustry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles abouttelecommunications topics and has authored or edited nine books,including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes ForDummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and HomeTheater For Dummies. He is frequently quoted by leadingpublications on telecommunications and technology topics and canoften be seen on major TV networks providing analysis on the latestcommunications news and breakthroughs.
Pat Hurley is a consultant with TeleChoice, Inc., whospecializes in emerging telecommunications technologies,particularly all the latest access and home technologies, includingwireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, andhome-networking services. Pat frequently consults with the leadingtelecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goodsmanufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications andconsumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of InternetTelephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless HomeNetworking For Dummies, and Home Theater ForDummies.
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Part 1 - Making Your World Wireless: Wireless Inside Everything!; Wireless Network Basics; Wireless LAN Infrastructure; Wi-Fi and Broadband Connections
Part 2 - Boosting Performance on Your Wireless Network: Combining Wired and Wireless Networks; Better Living Through Network Monitoring; Boosting Signal Strength Where You Need It; Staying Safe in the Wireless World
Part 3 - Wireless on the Go: On the Road Again with 802.11; Staying Safe on Any Wireless Network; Outfitting Your Car with Wireless; Operating Your Own Hot Spot
Part 4 - Cool Wireless Toys: Building a Wireless Audio Network; Wirelessly Securing, Monitoring, and Automating Your Home; It's Your Dime - IP Calls and Your Wireless Network; That's Not All - Other Cool Wireless Toys
Part 5 - The Part of Tens: (Almost) Ten Sites for Advanced Wireless Topics; Top Ten Wi-Fi Security Questions;
It seemed like (at least to me) getting connected wirelessly used to be more art than science. Now it's pretty easy, and it doesn't take much to make a connection anywhere you happen to be these days. But there's a lot more you can do with wireless technology that perhaps you haven't thought of. For instance, the authors talk about GPS units and how they can connect wirelessly to services to enable you to track your car's location. Given I have a son with diabetes, that's a possibility I plan on exploring so I can sleep better at night. Or let's say that you are a music lover and you want to listen to your tunes all over the house. Using wireless networking, you could set up a wireless jukebox and listen anywhere. Perhaps you're the altruistic type and you just want to share your connectivity with others who need it. There's a *lot* of information in here on how best to do that, both from a security and a technical perspective. Add all that to some very understandable writing on the underlying technologies behind wireless (like 802.11a/b/g, WEP/WPA/WPA2, etc.), and you have a useful and solid book.
Any time I read a title that talks about hacks and mods, I realize that not everything will be applicable or even interesting to me. But if I can come away with a handful of ideas and tips to use and explore, it's worth the read. This book meets that criteria...
This may sound strange, but I'd suggest that you read the last chapter first. It's title is 'Top Ten Wi-Fi Security Questions.' Wireless means radio is used for transmitting the data. Radio means that this is being broadcast between the various devices. Someone outside your immediate area, can scan and detect your radios signals that are carrying your data. You can make your LAN secure, but reading this chapter first gives you a good introduction that will help you as you read the rest of the book.
This is a new book. It includes a lot of the newest toys like the cell phone sized Wi-Fi phone. They also cover digital cameras, security devices, all kinds of things that you may not have thought of initially.