Sales of wireless LANs to home users and small businesses will soar this year, with products using IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technology leading the way, according to a report by Cahners research. Worldwide, consumers will buy 7.3 million wireless LAN nodes--which include client and network hub devices--up from about 4 million last year. This third book in the "HACKING" series from Syngress is written by the SoCalFreeNet Wireless Users Group and will cover 802.11a/b/g (“Wi-Fi”) projects teaching these millions of Wi-Fi users how to "mod" and "hack" Wi-Fi access points, network cards, and antennas to run various Linux distributions and create robust Wi-Fi networks.
Cahners predicts that wireless LANs next year will gain on Ethernet as the most popular home network technology. Consumers will hook up 10.9 million Ethernet nodes and 7.3 million wireless out of a total of 14.4 million home LAN nodes shipped. This book will show Wi-Fi enthusiasts and consumers of Wi-Fi LANs who want to modify their Wi-Fi hardware how to build and deploy “homebrew” Wi-Fi networks, both large and small.
- Wireless LANs next year will gain on Ethernet as the most popular home network technology. Consumers will hook up 10.9 million Ethernet nodes and 7.3 million wireless clients out of a total of 14.4 million home LAN nodes shipped.
- This book will use a series of detailed, inter-related projects to teach readers how to modify their Wi-Fi hardware to increase power and performance to match that of far more expensive enterprise networking products. Also features hacks to allow mobile laptop users to actively seek wireless connections everywhere they go!
- The authors are all members of the San Diego Wireless Users Group, which is famous for building some of the most innovative and powerful "home brew" Wi-Fi networks in the world.
Sales of wireless LANs to home users and small businesses will soar this year, with products using IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technology leading the way, according to a report by Cahners research.
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Part I: Introduction to Wireless Hacking
Chapter 1: A Brief Overview of the Wireless World
Introduction to Wi-Fi
The History and Basics of 802.11
Chapter 2: SoCalFreeNet.org: Building Large Scale Community Wireless Networks
Wireless Distribution System (WDS)
Working with Client Devices
Competing with the Phone/Cable Companies
Outfitting Coffee Shops and Retail Locations
Getting the Neighborhood Involved
Chapter 3: Securing Our Wireless Community
The Captive Portal
Building a PPTP VPN
Hacking the Mind of a Wireless User
Part II: Hacking Projects
Chapter 4: Wireless Access Points
Wi-Fi Meets Linux
Soekris Single-Board Computers
Proxim 8571 802.11a Access Point
Chapter 5: Wireless Client Access Devices
Part III: Software Projects
Chapter 6: Wireless Operating Systems
m0n0wall—Powerful, Elegant, Simple
Pebble—Powerful, Raw, Complete
Chapter 7: Monitoring Your Network
Getif and SNMP Exploration for Microsoft Windows
STG and SNMP Graphs for Microsoft Windows
Cacti and Comprehensive Network Graphs
Chapter 8: Low-Cost Commercial Options
Chapter 9: Mesh Networking
Additional Resources on the Web
Part IV: Antennas and Outdoor Enclosure Projects
Chapter 10: Antennas
Before You Start: Basic Concepts and Definitions
Building a Coffee Can Antenna
The Future of Antennas
Chapter 11: Building Outdoor Enclosures and Antenna Masts
Building Outdoor Enclosures
Building Antenna Masts
Chapter 12: Solar-Powered Access Points and Repeaters
Appendix A: Wireless 802.11 Hacks
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- © Syngress 2004
- 29th October 2004
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co-director of the Strategic Technologies And Research (STAR) Center, San Diego State University, U.S.A.