Secure Roaming in 802.11 Networks


  • Paul Goransson
  • Raymond Greenlaw, Armstrong Atlantic State University

This book explores the fundamental concepts, basic theory, and key principles of 802.11 networks with roaming capabilities. Today, we increasingly expect to find public Wide Local Area Network (WLAN) 802.11 access in our airports, public spaces, and hotels, and we want to maintain our connections when we’re mobile and using 802.11 WLANs. However, 802.11 was not originally designed with roaming capabilities and can’t, in its “pure” form, support seamless roaming between different hotspots and other 802.11 access points. This book details the theory behind various 802.11 extensions to permit roaming and describes how these extensions can be successfully implemented in 802.11 WLANs. Coverage of User Authentication in 802.11 is reviewed as is roaming between 802.11 and other wireless technologies. Wireless technologies and application programming interfaces are given their due with generous coverage as well.
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RF/wireless engineers and designers; computer/data network engineers; graduate students


Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8211-4

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Cellular Telephony: Wireless Roaming PioneersChapter 3: Roaming in 802.11 WLANs: General PrinciplesChapter 4: Dynammitcs of 802.11 Task GroupsChapter 5: Practical Aspects of Basic 802.11 RoamingChapter 6: Fundamentals of User Authentication in 802.11Chapter 7: Roaming Securely in 802.11Chapter 8: Proprietary Solutions for Roaming in 802.11 NetworksChapter 9: The 802.11 Workgroups' Solutions for Fast Secure RoamingChapter 10: Roaming between 802.11 and Other Wireless TechnologiesChapter 11: Future Directions