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Building Wireless Community Networks offers a compelling case for building wireless networks on a local level: They are inexpensive, and they can be implemented and managed by the community using them, whether it's a school, a neighborhood, or a small business. This book also provides all the necessary information for planning a network, getting the necessary components, and understanding protocols that you need to design and implement your network.

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This nuts-and-bolts guide to building the infrastructure needed for community wireless networks displays real-world examples and describes the experiences of others using 802.11b. Includes sample configuration files and working examples.

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In "Building Wireless Community Networks, author Rob Flickenger offers a compelling case for building wireless networks on a local level: They are inexpensive, and they can be implemented and managed by the community using them, whether it's a school, a neighborhood, or a small business. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides all the necessary information for planning a network, getting the necessary components, and understanding protocols that you need to design and implement your network. The wireless Internet infrastructure, also known as Wi-Fi, is based on the 802.11b standard. The book covers Rob's experiences with the Sebastopol Community Network (NoCAT), a multi-tiered network the provides wireless access for O'Reilly employees and free Web browsing to anyone in the area who has a Wi-Fi card in his or her computer. He describes his experience in using 802.11b, selecting the appropriate equipment, finding antenna sites, and coping with the general problems of outdoor networking. If you want to join the grassroots effort to build freely available wireless Internet infrastructures in your community, this book is invaluable.

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In Building Wireless Community Networks, author and O'Reilly network administrator Rob Flickenger offers a compelling case for building wireless networks on a local level: They are inexpensive, and they can be implemented and managed by the community using them, whether it's a school, a neighborhood, or a small business. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides all the necessary information for planning a network, getting the necessary components, and understanding protocols that you need to design and implement your network. The wireless Internet infrastructure, also known as Wi-Fi, is based on the 802.11b standard.

The book covers Rob's experience with the Sebastopol Community Network (NoCAT), a multi-tiered network that provides wireless access for O'Reilly employees and free Web browsing to anyone in the area who has a Wi-Fi card in his or her computer. He describes his experience in using 802.11b, selecting the appropriate equipment, finding antenna sites, and coping with the general problems of outdoor networking.

Building Wireless Community Networks starts off with basic wireless concepts and essential network services, while later chapters focus on specific aspects of building your own wireless networks. The final chapter is a detailed journal of Rob's experiences in building his first community network. He begins with his first attempts at using a wireless card at a conference, covers the real-life experience of trying something new, and ends with notes from the Portland Summit, a national gathering of wireless aficionados.

If you want to join the grassroots effort to build freely available wireless Internet infrastructures in your community, this book is invaluable.

About the Author

Original portrait of the author by Claire Abila.Thanks, Claire! Born the son of a pig farmer in Bucharest, this young ne'er-do-well had few ambitions above mucking out the slop stall before dinner. But that was just at the dawn of the digital age. Who would have thought that five years later the same boy who thought cow tipping shouldn't go above 10 percent would go on to invent the Internet, and eventually become the first living human with an ADSL line surgically attached to his spinal column. Now, in these increasingly untethered times, he has eschewed his former 6Mbit neural I/O port for an 11Mbit, encrypted, wireless version. It certainly makes it easier to leave the house without the need for miles of extension cord. Rob is the author of three O'Reilly books, Building Wireless Community Networks, 2nd Edition, Linux Server Hacks, and Wireless Hacks. He recently served as sysadmin for the O'Reilly Network, and is currently working on promoting community wireless networking through efforts like FreeNetworks.org and NoCat.net.

Table of Contents

Preface; Audience; Organization; Typographical Conventions; Comments and Questions; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Wireless Community Networks; 1.1 The Problem; 1.2 How ISPs Are Attempting a Solution; 1.3 How Cooperatives Are Making It Happen; 1.4 About This Book; Chapter 2: Defining Project Scope; 2.1 Hardware Requirements; 2.2 Hot Spots; 2.3 Potential Coverage Problem Areas; 2.4 Topographical Mapping 101; Chapter 3: Network Layout; 3.1 Wireless Infrastructure: Cathedral Versus Bazaar; 3.2 Vital Services; 3.3 Security Considerations; 3.4 Summary; Chapter 4: Using Access Points; 4.1 Access Point Caveats; 4.2 The Apple AirPort Base Station; Chapter 5: Peer-to-Peer (Ad-Hoc) Networking; 5.1 Building a Wireless Gateway with Linux; Chapter 6: Wide Area Network Saturation; 6.1 Topo Maps 102: Dealing with Geographical Diversity; 6.2 Antenna Characteristics and Placement; 6.3 Power Amps and the Law; Chapter 7: Other Applications; 7.1 Point-to-Point Links; 7.2 The Pringles Can; 7.3 Redundant Links; 7.4 Repeaters; 7.5 Security Concerns; 7.6 Captive "Catch and Release" Portal; 7.7 In Closing; Chapter 8: Radio Free Planet; 8.1 Seattle Wireless; 8.2 BAWUG; 8.3 Personal Telco; 8.4 NYC Wireless; 8.5 GBPPR; 8.6 GAWD; 8.7 Guerrilla.net; 8.8 Universal Wireless; Chapter 9: Radio Free Sebastopol; 9.1 OSCON 2000; Appendix; Path Loss Calculations; Links to Community Wireless Sites; FCC Part 15 Rules; Simple Scheme Management; Colophon;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780596002046
Subtitle:
Implementing the Wireless Web
Author:
Flickenger, Rob
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Location:
Sebastopol, CA
Subject:
Telecommunications
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Wireless communication systems
Subject:
Local area networks (computer networks)
Subject:
Metropolitan area networks (computer networks
Subject:
Local area networks
Subject:
Metropolitan area networks
Subject:
Hardware - Network Hardware
Subject:
General Computers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20011111
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.36 in 0.46 lb

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This nuts-and-bolts guide to building the infrastructure needed for community wireless networks displays real-world examples and describes the experiences of others using 802.11b. Includes sample configuration files and working examples.
"Synopsis" by , In "Building Wireless Community Networks, author Rob Flickenger offers a compelling case for building wireless networks on a local level: They are inexpensive, and they can be implemented and managed by the community using them, whether it's a school, a neighborhood, or a small business. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides all the necessary information for planning a network, getting the necessary components, and understanding protocols that you need to design and implement your network. The wireless Internet infrastructure, also known as Wi-Fi, is based on the 802.11b standard. The book covers Rob's experiences with the Sebastopol Community Network (NoCAT), a multi-tiered network the provides wireless access for O'Reilly employees and free Web browsing to anyone in the area who has a Wi-Fi card in his or her computer. He describes his experience in using 802.11b, selecting the appropriate equipment, finding antenna sites, and coping with the general problems of outdoor networking. If you want to join the grassroots effort to build freely available wireless Internet infrastructures in your community, this book is invaluable.
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