802.11 Wireless Networks, The Definitive Guide by Matthew S. Gast
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wireless networking now being a mainstream option
for connecting mobile users to business resources,
administrators charged with implementing the
technology need resources of their own. This
book gives admins both the details of how wireless
works and how to plan and install wireless networks.
book is written so that the administrator who
needs to get a wireless network up and running
can do so quickly. The chapters are laid out
so that an admin can find the the location of
practical set up guidance by simply checking
the table of contents.
are good sections detailing how access points
provide service. There are planning guidelines
for setting up a wireless network to allow
users to seamlessly move from one place to
another within a coverage area without losing
their connection. The book also details how
communications between access points and wireless
NICs are initiated, maintained and disconnected.
12 and 13 go into practical set up of the Lucent Orinoco
and Nokia wireless products on Windows and Linux. Chapter
14 discusses Access points for both business and residential
use. Itís especially gratifying to see a recognition
that Linux is now a mainstream OS and that the author
devoted a chapter to using wireless on Linux.
The book also gives a very detailed explanation of the 802.11 standard. It begins with an overview, giving the basic nomenclature used to describe the components of an 802.11 network. From there, the book goes into considerable, welcome detail on the specification. For the reader who has plenty of free time the book has nine chapters covering the specifics of the standard. It covers items like how the Media Access Control differs from a traditional wired Ethernet network, details on frames and WEP, or Wired Equivalent Privacy. If wireless is going to be a major part of your network in the future, I highly recommend you spend some time on these chapters.
While the actual text runs to 410 pages, I found that I knocked off the book in a couple of sittings. Although the author seems to assume the reader is not a novice to networking, the book is written to allow the non-geek to get the gist of whatís going on when they power up their laptop and connect to the network using their wireless NIC.
I found the text to be well written, logically laid out and a good technical read. In addition, I was pleased to see that by jumping Chapter 2 to Chapter 12, I could get practical information on getting the system up and running.
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