802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition

With easy-to-install 802.11 network hardware available everywhere you turn, the choice seems simple, and many people dive into wireless computing with less thought and planning than they'd give to a wired network. But it's wise to be familiar with both the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. These chapters from "802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition" will help get you started.

802.11 Wireless Networks
Is 802.11 driving you batty?

This de facto standard for wireless networking includes Wi-Fi (the wireless standard known as 802.11b) and its faster cousin, 802.11g. With easy-to-install 802.11 network hardware available everywhere you turn, many people dive into wireless computing with less thought and planning than they'd give to a wired network. But it's wise to be familiar with both the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols, not to mention sorting out all those acronyms.

802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition will help you sort it all out. Here, we provide two useful chapters: The first is an overview, and the second will help you fine-tune your wireless network's performance.

Chapter 2: Overview of 802.11 networks This overview serves as an introduction to 802.11 networks. It defines terms used throughout discussions ot 802.11 and outlines the IEEE 802 family and its relation to the OSI model.

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Chapter 25: 802.11 performance tuning Your network's performance "out of the box" is probably fairly poor,even if no one but you notices. Changing the physical environment (by experimenting with access point placement, external antennas, etc.) may alleviate some problems, but others may best be resolved by tuning administrative parameters. This chapter discusses some of the administrative parameters that can tuned to improve the behavior of your wireless network.

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Excerpted from 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Matthew S. Gast (ISBN: 0-596-10052-3).

Copyright © 2005 Matthew S. Gast. All rights reserved.

This was last published in March 2006

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