Windows XP Unwired

Wei-Meng Lee

  • 出版商: O'Reilly
  • 出版日期: 2003-09-16
  • 售價: $890
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$846
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 288
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0596005369
  • ISBN-13: 9780596005368

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From the growing number of Wi-Fi hotspots to the escalating sales of laptops and other portable wireless-enabled devices, it's clear that wireless technology is here and poised to play an increasingly important role in all our lives. Going wireless is a little like taking the training wheels off your first bike--once you taste the freedom, you don't want to go back to what you had before. Moreover, dramatic improvements in wireless technology in the last few years coupled with the growing affordability of wireless equipment make going wireless all the more attractive. And if you're a Windows XP user, it's even better. Windows XP contains many built-in supports for wireless computing, making it an ideal platform for going mobile.

In Windows XP Unwired, you'll learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing wireless services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Windows XP, including Wi-Fi (802.11b, a, and g), infrared, Bluetooth, CDMA2000, and GPRS. You'll learn how to set up your first wireless network using popular products from Linksys and D-Link. You'll also get a good understanding of the limitations and liabilities of each wireless technology.

Other topics covered in the book include:

  • Connecting to wireless hotspots
  • Using Microsoft's Smart Display to go wireless without a laptop
  • Putting GPS technology to use
  • Wireless Security


Windows XP Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for technically savvy Windows XP users. Whether you're considering wireless as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in your home or office, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Windows XP, and how to take advantage of them.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Wireless Networking Fundamentals
     TCP/IP
     Understanding Radio Waves
     Wireless Networks

Chapter 2. Wi-Fi on Your Notebook
     802.11 Wireless Standards
     Understanding 802.11 Speak
     Connecting to a Wireless Network
     Taking It on the Road

Chapter 3. Wi-Fi on the Road
     Wireless Hotspots
     Finding Wireless Networks

Chapter 4. Communicating Securely
     Secure Wireless Computing
     Virtual Private Networks
     Secure Shell (SSH)
     Firewalls
     Wi-Fi Security
     Are 802.11 Networks Really Secure?

Chapter 5. Configuring Wireless Access Points
     Setting Up a Wireless Network
     Case Study: The Home Network
     Case Study: The Office Network
     Configuring an Access Point
     Ad-Hoc Wireless Networking
     Setting Up a Wireless Repeater
     Guidelines for Securing a Wireless Network
     Troubleshooting Wi-Fi

Chapter 6. Bluetooth
     Bluetooth Standards Today
     Bluetooth Devices
     Bluetooth Service Profiles
     Using Bluetooth in Windows XP
     Connecting to a Pocket PC
     Bluetooth LAN
     Bluetooth Security

Chapter 7. Infrared
     IrDA in More Detail
     IrDA Adapters
     Using IrDA in Windows XP
     Infrared File Transfer
     Infrared Security

Chapter 8. Cellular Networking
     Cellular Networking Price and Performance
     GPRS
     CDMA2000
     Compression

Chapter 9. Global Positioning System (GPS)
     How GPS Works
     GPS Devices
     GPS Software

Chapter 10. Microsoft Smart Display and Remote Desktop
     What Is the Microsoft Smart Display?
     Using the ViewSonic AirPanel V150
     Using Remote Desktop

Index