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Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF


Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF

Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF

Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF



Building Wireless Community Networks, Second Edition
By Rob Flickenger
Publisher : O’Reilly
Pub Date : June 2003
ISBN : 0-596-00502-4
Pages : 182


Building Wireless Community Networks is about getting people online using wireless network technology. The 802.11b standard (also known as WiFi) makes it possible to network towns, schools, neighborhoods, small business, and almost any kind of organization. All that’s required is a willingness to cooperate and share resources.The first edition of this book helped thousands of people engage in community networking activities. At the time, it was impossible to predict how quickly and thoroughly WiFi would penetrate the marketplace. Today, with WiFi-enabled computers almost as common as Ethernet, it makes even more sense to take the next step and network your community using nothing but freely available radio spectrum.This book has showed many people how to make their network available, even from the park bench, how to extend high-speed Internet access into the many areas not served by DSL and cable providers, and how to build working communities and a shared though intangible network. All that’s required to create an access point for high-speed Internet connection is a gateway or base station. Once that is set up, any computer with a wireless card can log onto the network and share its resources.Rob Flickenger built such a network in northern California, and continues to participate in network-building efforts. His nuts-and-bolts guide covers:

  • Selecting the appropriate equipment
  • Finding antenna sites, and building and installing antennas
  • Protecting your network from inappropriate access
  • New network monitoring tools and techniques (new)
  • Regulations affecting wireless deployment (new)
  • IP network administration, including DNS and IP Tunneling (new)

His expertise, as well as his sense of humor and enthusiasm for the topic, makes Building Wireless Community Networks a very useful and readable book for anyone interested in wireless connectivity.


  1. Chapter 1 Wireless Community Networks
    1. Why Now?
    2. The WISP Approach
    3. The Cooperative Approach
    4. About This Book
  2. Chapter 2 Defining Project Scope
    1. The Standards
    2. Hardware Requirements
    3. Site Survey
    4. 802.11b Channels and Interference
    5. Topographical Mapping 101
  3. Chapter 3 Network Layout
    1. Layer 1 (Physical) Connectivity
    2. Wired Wireless
    3. Vital Services
    4. Security Considerations
    5. Summary
  4. Chapter 4 Using Access Points
    1. Access Point Caveats
    2. The Apple AirPort Base Station
    3. Access Point Management Software
    4. Local LAN Access
    5. Configuring Dialup
    6. NAT and DHCP
    7. Bridging
    8. WEP, MAC Filtering,and Closed Networks
    9. Roaming
    10. Channel Spacing
  5. Chapter 5 Host-Based Networking
    1. Anatomy of a Wireless Gateway
  6. Chapter 6 Long-Range Networking
    1. Topo Maps 102: Geographical Diversity
    2. Antenna Characteristicsand Placement
  7. Chapter 7 Other Applications
    1. Software
    2. Point-to-Point Links
    3. Point-to-Multipoint Links
    4. Home-Brew Antennas
    5. Redundant Links
    6. Repeaters
    7. Security Concerns
    8. NoCatAuth Captive Portal
    9. Fun with IP
    10. In Closing
  8. Chapter 8 Radio Free Planet
    1. Seattle Wireless
    2. Universal Wireless
    3. The Future
  9. Chapter 9 Radio Free Sebastopol
    1. OSCON 2000
    2. The Campus
    3. Coffee, Coffee, Coffee
    4. Online From Home,No Strings Attached
    5. Seattle Wireless
    6. NoCat
    7. The Community Takes Notice
    8. The Portland Summit
    9. And So On
  1. Appendix Regulations Affecting 802.11 Deployment
    1. Disclaimer
    2. Abstract and Objectives
    3. Introduction to the Technology
    4. Regulations and Laws Affecting802.11 Network Deployment
    5. Power Limits
    6. Equipment Limitationsand Certification
    7. Interference
    8. Broadband AUPs
    9. Human Exposure to RadioFrequency Radiation
    10. Laws ConcerningAntennas and Towers
    11. The Future: Good News and Bad News
    12. What Can You Do?
    13. Conclusions

Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF


Building Wireless Community Networks 2nd Edition Free PDF

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