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TitleJeff Duntemann's Drive-By Wi-Fi Guide
Author(s)Jeff Duntemann
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This book consists of many short, focused topic features that answer all the typical questions newcomers ask, such as "how does this work? how do I do it?" without losing the reader or a sense of humor. Duntemann explains the complex security issues clearly, and shows how users can protect themselves from both obvious and non-obvious threats. He expands the blizzard of WiFi acronyms and touches on the human element in the WiFi movement, including hacker threats and WiFi weirdness. The unique FAQ-index feature allows readers to zero in on precisely what they need to know without plowing through unrelated text. Many technical figures clarify difficult concepts, with abundant Web pointers to further information.From the PublisherWe are really pleased to be publishing this expertly written hands-on guide by legendary tech writer, Jeff Duntemann. Jeff's real passion over the last decade has been anything wireless (he’s been a radio ham for 30 years) and he brings an expertise to the table in writing this book that you likely will not find in any other book. As an engaging and entertaining writer and speaker, Jeff has a knack for making formidable technology fun and easy to understand. As part of his Drive-By Wi-Fi guide, Jeff passionately: * Explains what Wi-Fi is and why it’s ideal for use in the home, especially in conjunction with high-speed Internet connections. * Puts the much-publicized "drive-by hacker" threat into perspective, and explains how such hackers may be kept out of your wireless network. * Shows you how to combine loose parts of stuff you likely have sitting around the house to enhance your Wi-Fi network. * Shows you how you can save many hours of time and money putting your Wi-Fi network together. The Wi-Fi industry is really confusing with so many standards (802.11 this and 802.11 that) but Jeff really knows his stuff and he easily cuts through all of the confusion to bring you a guide that is certain to become the bible for all Wi-Fi users. Wi-Fi is a goofy business. Unlike a lot of technologies, corporate America isn’t driving the wireless networking field. Ordinary people are—along with a lot of wild-eyed hobbyists. Jeff’s book really reflects the trends that are taking place in the Wi-Fi industry. Soup box antennas, chicken-wire power boosters, Boingo connections and the dreaded AirSnort—it’s all here! Jeff treats the subject with an easy touch and a light heart, and speaks the language of ordinary people rather than computer geeks. The presentation focuses on the human element more than technology jargon, with all the strange stories and oddball characters that have made Wi-Fi a culture of its own within the larger culture of personal computing.From the AuthorI’ve been involved with Wi-Fi almost since there was Wi-Fi, and during the time I was learning the technology, I was amazed that there were virtually no books on the topic. I had to learn it on my own. Later on, when books began to appear, I was puzzled that none of them seemed connected to any reality I had had any experience with. I had this hunch that the guys who were writing a lot of these books (especially those targeted at corporate IT departments) had never laid hands on any actual Wi-Fi gear. What they were telling me wasn’t matching what I was finding as I implemented networks for myself and later for my friends. I hate when that happens—so I decided to write a book based on experience rather than vendor documentation and hearsay. The book represents three years of working with 802.11b systems. There was no vendor involvement and no "review products." I paid for all the gear and I describe it as I found it, for good or for bad. I tell you what worked for me and what didn’t, and how I figured it out. If you follow the techniques I describe, you should be able to do it too. Some of it is a little goofy—making microwave antennas out of foil-lined soup boxes, say—but I was amazed at how well it worked. Working with Wi-Fi now reminds me of the Crazy Years of personal computing, back in the 70s and 80s when anything was possible and the suits were still trying to figure out how to put it all back in the bottle. We changed the world with personal computing, and over the next five years, we’re going to change the world again, this time with ubiquitous wireless networking. Why not get in on it?About the AuthorJeff Duntemann is an author, editor, programmer, lecturer and technology columnist, with over a dozen books under his belt, including the best-selling Assembly Language Step-By-Step and Delphi Programming Explorer. Hos books have collectively sold over 300,000 copies and have been translated into over 12 languages. Jeff was the editor-in-chief of PC Techniques and Visual Developer Magazine during their ten years of publication. He has a strong background in technologies such as electronics and wireless, and holds ham radio callsign K7JPD. In fact, Jeff has been into electronics since the age of 11 and he has been a licensed radio operator for 30 years.

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