Synopses & Reviews
In Linux Unwired, you'll learn the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing wireless data services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Linux. You'll learn how to install and configure a variety of wireless technologies to fit different scenarios, including an office or home network and for use on the road. You'll also learn how to get Wi-Fi running on a laptop, how to use Linux to create your own access point, and how to deal with cellular networks, Bluetooth, and Infrared.Other topics covered in the book include:
- Connecting to wireless hotspots
- Cellular data plans you can use with Linux
- Wireless security, including WPA and 802.1x
- Finding and mapping Wi-Fi networks with kismet and gpsd
- Connecting Linux to your Palm or Pocket PC
- Sending text messages and faxes from Linux through your cellular phone
is a one-stop wireless information source for on-the-go Linux users. Whether you're considering Wi-Fi as a supplement or alternative to cable and DSL, using Bluetooth to network devices in your home or office,or want to use cellular data plans for access to data nearly everywhere, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Linux, and how to take advantage of them.
'Linux Unwired' is a wireless information source for on-the-go Linux users. It shows readers the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Linux, and how to take advantage of them.
From the author of "Wireless Hacks," comes a Linux guide for home, for the office, and for the road.
About the Author
Roger Weeks has been living and working with computers since 1982 when he got his first Atari, and discovered a whole new world with the purchase of a 300bps modem.
He has designed, built and supported large and small server installations and networks from LAN to WAN to wireless. He was a part of the NoCat wireless group in Sebastopol, CA for several years and considers that one of the best experiences of his life. In the past several years he has focused on security, from wireless to service providers to storage.
He is currently a Technical Marketing Engineer focused on Product Security at NetApp in Sunnyvale, CA. Roger is a coauthor of Linux Unwired and Wireless Hacks, 2nd Edition.
Edd Dumbill is Managing Editor of XML.com. He is an enthusiastic software developer as well as a writer. Edd is also the chair of the XML Europe 2002 conference, and chaired the O'Reilly XTech 2001 conference on XML.
Brian Jepson is an O'Reilly editor, programmer, and co-author of Mac OS X Panther for Unix Geeks. He's also a volunteer system administrator and all-around geek for AS220, a non-profit arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 gives Rhode Island artists uncensored and unjuried forums for their work. These forums include galleries, performance space, and publications.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; What This Book Covers; Conventions Used in This Book; Comments and Questions; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Introduction to Wireless; 1.1 Radio Waves; 1.2 Connections Without Wires; 1.3 Wireless Alphabet Soup; 1.4 Bluetooth; 1.5 Cellular Data; 1.6 Infrared; Chapter 2: Wi-Fi on Your Linux Box; 2.1 Quick Start; 2.2 Chipset Compatibility; 2.3 Four Steps to Wi-Fi; 2.4 Linux Wi-Fi Drivers in Depth; Chapter 3: Getting On the Network; 3.1 Hotspots; 3.2 Wireless Network Discovery; Chapter 4: Communicating Securely; 4.1 The Pitfalls of WEP; 4.2 The Future Is 802.11i; 4.3 WPA: a Subset of 802.11i; 4.4 WPA on Linux; Chapter 5: Configuring Access Points with Linux; 5.1 Linux-Friendly Wireless Vendors; 5.2 Commercial Wireless Equipment Overview; 5.3 Configuring Access Points; 5.4 Flashing Your Access Point; Chapter 6: Building Your Own Access Point; 6.1 Hardware; 6.2 Software; 6.3 Linux-Powered Off-the-Shelf; Chapter 7: Bluetooth; 7.1 Quick Start; 7.2 Bluetooth Basics; 7.3 Bluetooth Hardware; 7.4 Linux Bluetooth Support; 7.5 Installing the BlueZ Utilities; 7.6 Basic Configuration and Operation; 7.7 Graphical Applications; 7.8 Cool Bluetooth Tricks; Chapter 8: Infrared; 8.1 IrDA in the Kernel; 8.2 PC Laptop with Built-In IrDA; 8.3 Infrared Dongle; 8.4 Sharing a Network Connection over IrDA; 8.5 Connecting to the Internet with a Cell Phone; 8.6 Transferring Files with OpenOBEX; 8.7 Synchronizing with a Palm; 8.8 Pocket PC; Chapter 9: Cellular Networking; 9.1 Cellular Data; 9.2 Some Cellular Carriers; 9.3 Phones and Cards; 9.4 Sending a Fax; 9.5 Text Messaging; 9.6 Acceleration; Chapter 10: GPS; 10.1 Uses of GPS; 10.2 A GPS Glossary; 10.3 GPS Devices; 10.4 Listening to a GPS; 10.5 Mapping Wi-Fi Networks with Kismet; 10.6 GpsDrive; 10.7 Other Applications; Colophon;