Building Wireless Community Networks (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2003 - Computers - 168 pages
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Building Wireless Community Networks is about getting people online using wireless network technology. The 802.11b standard (also known as WiFi) makes it possible to network towns, schools, neighborhoods, small business, and almost any kind of organization. All that's required is a willingness to cooperate and share resources.

The first edition of this book helped thousands of people engage in community networking activities. At the time, it was impossible to predict how quickly and thoroughly WiFi would penetrate the marketplace. Today, with WiFi-enabled computers almost as common as Ethernet, it makes even more sense to take the next step and network your community using nothing but freely available radio spectrum.

This book has showed many people how to make their network available, even from the park bench, how to extend high-speed Internet access into the many areas not served by DSL and cable providers, and how to build working communities and a shared though intangible network. All that's required to create an access point for high-speed Internet connection is a gateway or base station. Once that is set up, any computer with a wireless card can log onto the network and share its resources.

Rob Flickenger built such a network in northern California, and continues to participate in network-building efforts. His nuts-and-bolts guide covers:

  • Selecting the appropriate equipment
  • Finding antenna sites, and building and installing antennas
  • Protecting your network from inappropriate access
  • New network monitoring tools and techniques (new)
  • Regulations affecting wireless deployment (new)
  • IP network administration, including DNS and IP Tunneling (new)
His expertise, as well as his sense of humor and enthusiasm for the topic, makes Building Wireless Community Networks a very useful and readable book for anyone interested in wireless connectivity.
  

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Contents

Wireless Community Networks
1
Why Now?
2
The WISP Approach
4
The Cooperative Approach
6
About This Book
8
Defining Project Scope
9
Hardware Requirements
13
Site Survey
14
Antenna Characteristics and Placement
74
Other Applications
93
PointtoPoint Links
95
PointtoMultipoint Links
97
HomeBrew Antennas
98
Redundant Links
106
Repeaters
107
Security Concerns
111

80211b Channels and Interference
15
Topographical Mapping 101
17
Network Layout
19
Wired Wireless
23
Vital Services
25
Security Considerations
30
Summary
38
Using Access Points
39
Access Point Caveats
41
The Apple AirPort Base Station
42
Access Point Management Software
43
Local LAN Access
45
Bridging
46
WER MAC Filtering and Closed Networks
48
Roaming
49
HostBased Networking
51
Anatomy of a Wireless Gateway
52
LongRange Networking
69
Geographical Diversity
70
NoCatAuth Captive Portal
113
Fun with IP
116
In Closing
120
Radio Free Planet
121
Universal Wireless
125
The Future
128
Radio Free Sebastopol
129
The Campus
130
Coffee Coffee Coffee
131
Seattle Wireless
132
NoCat
133
The Community Takes Notice
134
The Portland Summit
135
And So On
136
Regulations Affecting 80211 Deployment
137
Path Loss Calculations
157
Simple Scheme Management
158
Index
161
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Rob Flickenger has been a professional systems administrator for more than 10 years, and all around hacker for as long as he can remember. Rob enjoys spreading the good word of open networks, open standards, and ubiquitous wireless networking. His current professional project is Metrix Communication LLC, which provides wireless hardware and software that embodies the same open source principles he rants about in his books. Rob also works with the U.N. and various international organizations to bring these ideas to places where communications infrastructure is badly needed. He hopes that all of this effort is contributing toward the ultimate goal of infinite bandwidth everywhere for free. He is the author of two other O'Reilly books: Linux Server Hacks and Wireless Hacks.

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