Wi-Fi is one of the fastest-growing technologies of all time, and this handbook makes all the information about Wi-Fi easy to understand: standards and protocols and how they relate; what to look for in setting up a computer with Wi-Fi; and finding hotspots and access points. Users will be able to configure a home network and share Internet connections quickly and easily.
Wi-Fi is one of the fastest growing technologies of all time and everyone is interested in learning how to use it. This book makes all the information about Wi-Fi, including the standards and protocols, and how they relate easy to understand. This book covers everything about Wi-Fi, from what to look for, to how to set up a users computer with Wi-Fi to finding hotspots and access points. Users will be able to configure a home network and share internet connections quickly and easily. And all important security issues are covered so that a user is less exposed to threats.
Harold Davis is a strategic technology consultant, hands-on programmer, and the author of many well-known books. He has been a popular speaker at trade shows and conventions, giving presentations on topics ranging from wireless networking through digital photography and programming methodologies. As a technology consultant, he has served many Fortune 500 companies.
Introduction. I. WHY WI-FI? 1. Entering a World Without Wires. 2. Understanding Wi-Fi. 3. Hitting the Road with Wi-Fi. 4. Networking Without Wires. II. SETTING UP YOUR COMPUTER FOR WI-FI. 5. Buying a Wi-Fi Laptop. 6. Buying a Wi-Fi PDA. 7. Playing with Wi-Fi Gadgets. 8. Adding Wi-Fi to a Mobile Computer. 9. Wi-Fi on Your Desktop. III. GOING MOBILE WITH WI-FI. 10. Tools for the Perfect Road Warrior. 11. Where Can You Wi-Fi? 12. Working with National Wi-Fi Networks. IV. CREATING A WI-FI NETWORK. 13. Buying a Wi-Fi Access Point or Router. 14. Setting Up Your Access Point. 15. Configuring Your Wi-Fi Network. 16. Sharing an Internet Connection. 17. Adding Wi-Fi Antennas to Your Network. V. SECURING YOUR WI-FI COMPUTER AND NETWORK. 18. Protecting Your Mobile Wi-Fi Computer. 19. Securing Your Wi-Fi Network. VI. APPENDIXES. Appendix A. Wireless Standards. Appendix B. Finding Wi-Fi Hotspots. Glossary. Index.