Secure Roaming in 802.11 Networks

Secure Roaming in 802.11 Networks

1st Edition - May 17, 2007

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  • Authors: Paul Goransson, Raymond Greenlaw
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080548944

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Secure Roaming in 802.11 Networks offers a comprehensive treatise on Wi-Fi 802.11 roaming by comparing/contrasting it to cellular roaming theory and techniques. The book explores the fundamental concepts, basic theory, and key principles of 802.11 networks with roaming capabilities. It helps ensure secure and constant connectivity of laptops, PDAs and other emerging mobile devices. 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. It reviews coverage of user authentication in 802.11, as well as roaming between 802.11 and other wireless technologies. It also discusses wireless technologies and application programming interfaces. This book will appeal to RF/wireless engineers and designers, computer/data network engineers, and graduate students.

Key Features

* Offers a comprehensive treatise on Wi-Fi 802.11 roaming by comparing/contrasting it to cellular roaming theory and techniques
* Emerges as a "one stop" resource for design engineers charged with fulfilling the market need for seamless 802.11 device roaming capabilities
* Builds upon the knowledge base of a professional audience without delving into long discussions of theory long since mastered


RF/wireless engineers and designers; computer/data network engineers; graduate students

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: Cellular Telephony: Wireless Roaming Pioneers
    Chapter 3: Roaming in 802.11 WLANs: General Principles
    Chapter 4: Dynammitcs of 802.11 Task Groups
    Chapter 5: Practical Aspects of Basic 802.11 Roaming
    Chapter 6: Fundamentals of User Authentication in 802.11
    Chapter 7: Roaming Securely in 802.11
    Chapter 8: Proprietary Solutions for Roaming in 802.11 Networks
    Chapter 9: The 802.11 Workgroups' Solutions for Fast Secure Roaming
    Chapter 10: Roaming between 802.11 and Other Wireless Technologies
    Chapter 11: Future Directions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Newnes 2007
  • Published: May 17, 2007
  • Imprint: Newnes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080548944

About the Authors

Paul Goransson

Dr. Paul Goransson has over 28 years of experience in the data communications field. He was the founder and President of Meetinghouse, which developed network access security software products for wireless and wired environments. Meetinghouse was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2006, where Paul currently serves as a Director of Engineering in the Wireless Networking Business Unit. He is also the owner/operator of Bondgarden Farm, a commercial beef and hay farm in southern Maine. Paul previously founded Qosnetics and QARobotics, which were later merged and subsequently acquired by Hewlett–Packard in 1999. Dr. Goransson has published technical articles in the fields of bandwidth reservation and wireless security. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University in 1975, his Masters of Science in Computer Engineering from Boston University in 1981, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1994. Dr. Goransson has previously served as an adjunct Professor at the School of Computing at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Raymond Greenlaw

Dr. Raymond Greenlaw is the Founder and Dean of the School of Computing and Professor of Computer Science at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Ray is the Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the College of Management and Technology in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is the author of 13 books in the field of computer science. His books cover complexity theory, graph theory, the Internet, networking, operating systems, parallel computing, the theory of computation, and the World Wide Web. Dr. Greenlaw has published 60 research papers and given over 155 invited lectures throughout the world. As a PI or co-PI, Ray has been awarded over $6,000,000 in grants and contracts, and his research has been supported by the following countries: Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States. He has won numerous international awards including three Senior Fulbright Fellowships, a Humboldt Fellowship, a Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Fellowship, two visiting Professor Fellowships from Italy, a Sasakawa Fellowship for Japanese Studios, and a Spanish Fellowship for Science and Technology. Dr. Greenlaw served as the Regional Coordinator for the State of Georgia’s $100,000,000 Yamacraw Project, which was designed to make the state of Georgia a leader in the telecommunications field. Ray serves as a Commissioner for the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET). He received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Pomona College in 1983, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Washington in 1988.

Affiliations and Expertise

Armstrong Atlantic State University

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