The de facto standard for wireless networking is the 802.11 protocol, which 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, 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.
802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition will help get you started.
In this chapter: 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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Excerpted from 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Matthew S. Gast (ISBN: 0-596-10052-3).
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