Synopses & Reviews
The world's gone wirelesshere's where it starts to get fun
Wireless is all about freedomfreedom from cables, cords, plugs, and limitations. So why be limited to ready-made, cookie-cutter products? This book frees your imagination as it helps you create 15 exciting, individual projects using wireless technology. Each includes the necessary background, a list of materials, and step-by-step, illustrated instructions. Build a custom antenna, set up a car-to-car video link, or Wi-Fi your TiVo. Wardrive with Netstumbler and map your results. Its your freedom. Make the most of it.
Each with a complete materials list and detailed, illustrated instructions.
- Wi-Fi antenna cable
- Laptop paperclip antenna
- Directional tin cantenna
- Modified access point using high-gain antenna
- Setup for a wardrive
- Netstumbler wardriving
- Wardrive mapping
- Personal outdoor access point
- Solar-powered wireless repeater
- Free wireless hotspot
- Access point gaming
- TiVo with Wi-Fi
- Long-distance Wi-Fi link
- Car-to-car videoconference link
- Dynamic wireless digital picture frame
“…capture that sense of physics experimentation class and draw your curiosity in…” (Linux Magazine
, February 2005)
“…well written, generously illustrated and sure to spark the imagination of Wi-Fi tinkerers everywhere…” (PC Utilities, August 2004)
"The cable building chapter alone justifies purchasing this fascinating book. I'm trying the Car-to-Car WiFi Video project next!" (Jim Sutton, Wireless Tech Radio)
- This ultra-cool volume invites readers to tap into your inner geek and build seventeen ultra-cool wireless devices including a solar powered access point, a wireless picture frame that dynamically changes its own photos, and even a wireless car-to-car audio and video system
- With a few simple tools, some off-the-shelf parts, and this book, readers will be creating wireless devices they never thought were possible-toys that certainly can't be found at the local computer store
- Written by the cofounder and members of the Southern California Wireless Users Group, this book provides readers with hands-on instruction and insider tips and tricks from those who are on the bleeding edge of wireless technology
- New addition to the ExtremeTech line of books-books for serious technophiles
About the Author
Mike Outmesguine is president and founder of TransStellar, Inc., a successful technology services company focusing on wireless mobility and energy infor-mation systems. He is also co-founder of the Southern California Wireless Users Group, a video-game aficionado, and a fan of long wardrives on the beach.
Table of Contents
PART I: BUILDING ANTENNAS.
Chapter 1: Building Your Own Wi-Fi Antenna Cable.
Chapter 2: Building a Classic Paperclip Antenna.
Chapter 3: Building a Directional Tin Can Antenna.
Chapter 4: Modifying Your Access Point with a High-Gain Antenna.
PART II: WAR DRIVING—WIRELESS NETWORK DISCOVERY AND VISUALIZATION.
Chapter 5: Gearing Up for War Driving.
Chapter 6: War Driving with NetStumbler.
Chapter 7: Mapping Your War Driving Results.
PART III: PLAYING WITH ACCESS POINTS.
Chapter 8: Build Your Own Outdoor Access Point.
Chapter 9: Building a Solar-Powered Wireless Repeater.
Chapter 10: Creating a Free Wireless Hotspot.
Chapter 11: Playing Access Point Games.
PART IV: JUST FOR FUN.
Chapter 12: Wi-Fi Your TiVo.
Chapter 13: Create a Long-Distance Wi-Fi Link.
Chapter 14: Deploy a Car-to-Car Wireless Video Link.
Chapter 15: Making a Dynamic Wireless Digital Picture Frame.