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Wireless Network Hacks AND Mods for Dummies

by Danny Briere and Pat Hurley

About the Authors
Danny Briere founded TeleChoice, Inc., a telecommunications consulting
company, in 1985 and now serves as CEO of the company. Widely known throughout the telecommunications and networking industry, Danny has written more than one thousand articles about telecommunications topics and has authored or edited nine books, including Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He is frequently quoted by leading publications on telecommunications and technology topics and can often be seen on major TV networks providing analysis on the latest communications news and breakthroughs. Danny lives in Mansfield Center, Connecticut, with his wife and four children.

Pat Hurley is a consultant with TeleChoice, Inc., who specializes in emerging telecommunications technologies, particularly all the latest access and home technologies, including wireless LANs, DSL, cable modems, satellite services, and home-networking services. Pat frequently consults with the leading telecommunications carriers, equipment vendors, consumer goods manufacturers, and other players in the telecommunications and consumer electronics industries. Pat is the coauthor of Internet Telephony For Dummies, Smart Homes For Dummies, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, and Home Theater For Dummies. He lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, daughter,
and two smelly dogs.

Contents at a Glace
Introduction
Part I: Making Your World Wireless
Chapter 1: Wireless Inside Everything! 
Chapter 2: Wireless Network Basics 
Chapter 3: Wireless LAN Infrastructure
Chapter 4: Wi-Fi and Broadband Connections
Part II: Boosting Performance on Your Wireless Network
Chapter 5: Combining Wired and Wireless Networks 
Chapter 6: Better Living Through Network Monitoring 
Chapter 7: Boosting Signal Strength Where You Need It 
Chapter 8: Staying Safe in the Wireless World
Part III: Wireless on the Go
Chapter 9: On the Road Again with 802.11
Chapter 10: Staying Safe on Any Wireless Network 
Chapter 11: Outfitting Your Car with Wireless 
Chapter 12: Operating Your Own Hot Spot 
Part IV: Cool Wireless Toys
Chapter 13: Building a Wireless Audio Network 
Chapter 14: Wirelessly Securing, Monitoring, and Automating Your Home
Chapter 15: It’s Your Dime: IP Calls and Your Wireless Network 
Chapter 16: That’s Not All: Other Cool Wireless Toys
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 17: (Almost) Ten Sites for Advanced Wireless Topics
Chapter 18: Top Ten Wi-Fi Security Questions
Index

Table of Contents
Introduction....1
About This Book .....1
System Requirements .....2
How This Book Is Organized .....3
Part I: Making Your World Wireless .....3
Part II: Boosting Performance on Your Wireless Network...4
Part III: Wireless on the Go ............4
Part IV: Cool Wireless Toys ............4
Part V: The Part of Tens ............4
Icons Used in This Book .............5
Where to Go from Here ............5
Part I: Making Your World Wireless
Chapter 1: Wireless Inside Everything!
Wireless Networks Are Everywhere.......10
Feeling at home with wireless ......10
Offices ...................11
Hot spots and beyond ...........13
Wireless Gear: The New Standard .........16
In computers ......................16
In TVs .....................17
In A/V equipment ..............18
In cellphones ..................19
In cars .......................20
On planes ..............21
To Wireless Infinity and Beyond! ...........22
Chapter 2: Wireless Network Basics
Introducing the 802.11s ........24
Easy as a, b, g .............25
802.11b: The old standby ...........26
802.11g: The new champ .........28
802.11a: Still hanging in there ........30
a, b, and g compared ............32
Oh my, Wi-Fi .....................32
Get an “i” for security ............33
Gimme an “e” for service quality ..........35
“n” for the future ...........36
Chapter 3: Wireless LAN Infrastructure
What’s in Your Network? .........40
Jacking into Your Network ........40
I see your (access) point ........41
Network interface adapters for client stations .....44
Routers and gateways ............49
Network bridges ...............53
Chapter 4: Wi-Fi and Broadband Connections
Extending Broadband into the Home .........56
Availability ....................56
Affordability .........................57
Who really needs broadband anyway? ..................58
What to Look for in Broadband Service .............59
Picking a Technology .................62
Wither DSL with 802.11? ................63
Cable moves with wireless ...........66
Getting the dish out on satellite and wireless ..........67
Tapping into metro wireless networks .........70
Part II: Boosting Performance on Your Wireless Network
Chapter 5: Combining Wired and Wireless Networks
Connecting Your Networks Together ..............74
Understanding IP networking ..........75
Private subnets .........................77
Understanding Your Home Router ................79
Managing your IP addresses .........79
Cascading APs from a central router ........80
Separating your networks ...................82
Bridging Wireless Networks Together ...............84
Bridging Other Networks to Your Wireless LAN ............86
Chapter 6: Better Living Through Network Monitoring
Understanding Network Monitoring ..........90
Figuring out the wireless ropes ...........90
Deciphering the metrics ...........93
Doing Basic Monitoring ..................94
Using Windows XP ................95
Using Mac OS X ......................97
Using wireless client software ...............97
Using Free “Stumblers” .............98
Network Stumbler ............................99
Other stumblers and sniffers ...........105
Getting Fancy ..........................106
Chapter 7: Boosting Signal Strength Where You Need It
Antennas for All .................110
Understanding Wi-Fi Antennas ............111
Counting your antennas .............111
Going external ......................112
Antenna types ................116
Adding Amplification ......................119
Going with MIMO ...............120
Boosting Cell Signals at Home ..........123
Understanding cellular frequencies ............124
Installing a repeater ........................124
Chapter 8: Staying Safe in the Wireless World
Avoiding WEP ................128
Understanding WPA ...............129
Sharing your keys with your friends .............130
Figuring out a new 802 — .1X ...............131
Securing Your Own Network ..................135
Creating your own authentication server .....139
Using an 802.1X service ................141
Setting up an AP .......................144
Setting up a client ................145
Part III: Wireless on the Go
Chapter 9: On the Road Again with 802.11
Hot Spots for Everyone ........150
Finding Hot Spots ..........151
Finding the freebies ..........152
Paying for your Wi-Fi ..............155
Putting on Your Roaming Shoes ........159
Oingo Boingo .....................160
Going with corporate remote access........162
Getting Online at a Hot Spot .............163
Using Windows XP Wireless Zero Config ...........163
Using the Boingo client.............164
On the Mac .....................164
Help, I Need Wireless Access in Paris! ..........166
Using a roaming client .................166
Using a Web database ...............167
Chapter 10: Staying Safe on Any Wireless Network
Securing Hot Spots .......170
Using Wi-Fi security when you can ...........170
Connecting to a VPN ................171
Using SSL to connect to Web sites ....173
Making a VPN Connection .............175
Setting up an IPSec connection with Windows XP ......176
Using OpenVPN client and WiTopia’s SSL VPN service .......180
Installing the WiTopia personalVPN client ........181
Chapter 11: Outfitting Your Car with Wireless
Bluetooth for In-Car Communications..........185
Bluetooth in action ..................186
Bluetooth aftermarket options ...........188
Setting up a Bluetooth aftermarket kit ..........191
Wi-Fi–Enabling Your Car .................197
Getting your car on the wireless grid ............198
Come on, feel the (Wi-Fi) noise ..........199
Setting up your Rockford DMP1 kit ............202
Setting up your DMP1 wireless connection ...........207
Introducing the Carputer ................210
Watching Satellite TV on the Go ...............212
Follow That Taxi (with GPS)! ...............214
Chapter 12: Operating Your Own Hot Spot
The Big Question: Free or Pay? ............220
Setting up a free hot spot ............222
Letting only your friends (or customers) in ............225
Sharing the wealth .................229
Show me the money: Building your own for-pay hot spot .......231
Dealing with Your ISP ...................231
Understanding terms of service .............232
Some ISP recommendations ..................232
Getting Your Hot Spot out of the Box ..............234
Securing Your Hot Spot ...........237
Promoting Your Hot Spot ...........238
Part IV: Cool Wireless Toys 
Chapter 13: Building a Wireless Audio Network 
Digital Music 101 ..........244
Understanding compression .........244
Being constant, being variable, being bitsy ...........246
How to Get the Music ..............249
Ripping your own ..............249
Buying your music online ..........251
Getting your radio from the Internet ............255
Getting the Music Around Your Network ..........255
Moving off the PC ................258
Wi-Fi and Audio: Network Impacts .........262
Getting into Video ..........263
Chapter 14: Wirelessly Securing, Monitoring, and Automating Your Home
Introducing the Network Camera ...........266
Applications with your network camera ..........266
Evaluating network cameras .........267
Installing Your Network Camera ............271
Getting your camera on the wireless LAN ......272
Accessing your camera from the Internet ......274
Setting up dynamic DNS ............279
What else can you do with your camera? ......280
Evaluating Non–Wi-Fi Camera Kits .........281
Home monitoring .................282
Home security .................284
Home automation...........285
Chapter 15: It’s Your Dime: IP Calls and Your Wireless Network
Grasping the VoIP Basics ..............290
Take a long SIP .................291
Compressing your voice........292
Peer-to-peering versus calling regular phones ..........293
Hardware? Software? Both?............294
Skype-ing Your Way Around the World .............296
Calling peer-to-peer .............297
Reaching out and calling someone .......298
Even more peer-to-peer .................299
Using a Phone-to-Phone VoIP Service ..........300
Looking at the services ........................300
Taking your VoIP service wireless ..............301
Making VoIP Work on Your Network ..........304
Dealing with QoS .........304
Dealing with XP issues ...............306
VoIPing on the Road ................308
Using softphones .................309
Bringing your VoIP handset on the road ..........309
Chapter 16: That’s Not All: Other Cool Wireless Toys
Digital Cameras with Wi-Fi ..........311
Extra Storage Anywhere You Want ...........313
It’s a Print (Server) .................314
Travel Routers .....................316
Wi-Fi Finders..............318
Jumping into RFID .................320
Adding New Firmware for Your AP ...............322
More, More, and More Wireless .............323
Part V: The Part of Tens
Chapter 17: (Almost) Ten Sites for Advanced Wireless Topics 
Wi-Fi Net News ...............330
Tom’s Networking ...............330
JiWire ..............331
FreeNetworks.org .............331
Robert Hoskins’ Wireless Super Sites ....331
Wi-Fi Planet ...............332
Checking In on CNET .......332
Practically Speaking .........333
Read About the Gadgets ............333
Chapter 18: Top Ten Wi-Fi Security Questions
If I’m Using WEP, I’m Safe, Right? .....335
Can’t I Just Hide My Network? .......336
Can I Secure My Network by Filtering for Friendly MAC Addresses?
What’s the Difference between Personal and Enterprise WPA? ....338
How Can I Use 802.1X When I Don’t Know Anything About It?.....339
What’s the Difference between WPA and WPA2? ....339
How Can I Stay Safe When I’m Away from My Home Network? ....340
Can I Use My Credit Card Online When I’m Using Wi-Fi? ....341
How Can I Let My Friends Use My Network without Losing Security? 
How Do I Stay Secure If Not All of My Equipment Is WPA? ..343
Index..................345


Introduction
Welcome to Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies. This book
was written to help you get the most out of your wireless network.
Whether you’ve got one access point that you’d like to do more with, or a
whole house full of wireless gear, you can do a lot to boost your performance
and extend the core wireless functionality. Whatever your situation, we’re
here to help you supercharge your wireless network.
Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies is not an electronics mod or
software hacker’s guide to wireless gear. As intricate as these devices have
gotten these days, if you think you know how to retool a motherboard for
performance, you don’t need us to tell you what to do. Second, more and
more off-the-shelf software can now help you accomplish what used to
require backdoor hacking.

Our focus is on helping you use the current equipment on the market, with
the current software tools and design techniques, to put together the most
comprehensive and high-performance home wireless network you can possibly
get. You’re not going to pry open your wireless access point and start soldering
high-performance chips onto its motherboard (at least not under our guidance).
Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies picks up where our more
beginner-level book, Wireless Home Networking For Dummies, published by
Wiley, left off. If you have not installed a network yet, you might consider
buying both books so that you can cover the more basic installation issues at
the same time you read about how to broaden and optimize that network’s
performance after it is installed.

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