Wireless Networks For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

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You’ve probably heard the expression, “It’s time to cut the cord.” Well, it may be time to “cut the cables” at your office and free yourself from your desk and computer. Wireless networks are the waves of the future—literally. Wireless Networks For Dummies guides you from design through implementation to ongoing protection of your system and your information so you can:

  • Remain connected to the office in airports and hotels
  • Access the Internet and other network resources in the lunchroom, conference room, or anywhere there’s an access point
  • Use your PDA or laptop to query your database from the warehouse or the boardroom
  • Check e-mail wirelessly when you’re on the road
  • Get rid of the cable clutter in your office

Wireless Networks For Dummies was coauthored by Barry D. Lewis, CISSP, and Peter T. Davis, who also coauthored Computer Security For Dummies. Barry Lewis is president of an information security consulting firm and an internationally known leader of security seminars. Peter Davis is founder of a firm specializing in the security, audit, and control of information. Together, they cut through the cables, clutter, and confusion and help you:

  • Get off to a quick start and get mobile with IrDA (Infrared Data Association) and Bluetooth
  • Perform a site survey and select the right standard, mode, access point, channel and antenna
  • Check online to verify degree of interoperability of devices from various vendors
  • Install clients and set up roaming
  • Combat security threats such as war driving, jamming, hijacking, and man-in-the-middle attacks
  • Implement security and controls such as MAC (Media Access Control) and protocol filtering, WEP (Wireless Equivalent Privacy), WPA, (Wi-Fi Protected Access), EAP (Extensible Authentication Protocol), and VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • Set up multiple access points to form a larger wireless network

Complete with suggestions of places to get connected, Web sites where you can get more information, tools you can use to monitor and improve security, and more, Wireless Networks For Dummies helps you pull the plug and go wireless!

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Cut the wires and stay connected almost anywhere

Assess your network needs, set up security, and take your office on the road

At last—liberation from that office full of electronic spaghetti is only a few pages away! This fun and friendly guide shows you how to plan and set up a wireless network for your business, install users, provide security, and keep your network healthy. Explore sites, enable roaming, dodge war drivers, and celebrate your freedom!

Discover how to

  • Differentiate among WLANs, WPANs, WMANs, and WWANs
  • Conduct a site survey
  • Use Bluetooth
  • Set up a VPN
  • Install and configure access points
  • Connect on the go

About the Author:

Barry D. Lewis, CISSP, heads an information security consulting firm and presents seminars worldwide. Peter T. Davis has been an information systems audit and security expert for 24 years.

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