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We recommend that you visit the ExtremeTech Feature Story Index that has
“Links to all our great feature content in one place,” as the editors put it. It™s
labeled ExtremeTech Index.

And if you™re having a problem that you just can™t seem to crack, check out
the discussion groups on this site.




Network World
Network World (www.nwfusion.com) is the leading publication for networking
professionals, and although this is a site geared primarily for businesses, it
does have a lot of content about wireless because so much of the technology
first appeared in commercial venues. The site has detailed buyer™s guides that
show features and functionality of wireless LANs products ” almost all of
which is applicable for your home. Importantly, you can also search the site for
more content on Wi-Fi and 802.11 as well as Bluetooth. The publication has a
large reporting staff and stays on top of everything networking-related.
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Other Cool Sites
We can™t list all the sites here that we regularly visit, but a lot of good infor-
mation is out there. Here are some other sites worth looking at:

Topical sites/search engines
ZDNet: www.zdnet.com
TechWeb: www.techweb.com
searchNetworking.com (look for the link to the Wireless LAN Info
Center): www.searchnetworking.com

Industry organizations
The creation and maintenance of standards has really driven wireless to very
low price points and great interoperability. Here are some of the organiza-
tions pushing for change in wireless; each site has info about wireless and
networks:

IEEE 802 home page: www.ieee802.org
Wi-Fi Alliance (formerly WECA): www.wi-fi.net
Wireless LAN Association: www.wlana.org
Freenetworks.org: www.freenetworks.org

Roaming services and organizations
As we mention in Chapter 16, a range of potential services are available that
you can use to log on when on the road. Most of these have sections of their
sites devoted to helping you find out where you can log on near you. Here are
some of the more mentioned services and initiatives:

Boingo Wireless: www.boingo.com
Cometa: www.cometanetworks.com
GRIC: www.gric.net
iPass: www.ipass.com

Local wireless groups
Many local groups are dedicated to offering free access around town for
broadband Internet service. Here are some of the larger groups:

Austin Wireless (Austin, TX): www.austinwireless.net
Bay Area Wireless Users Group (BAWUG) (Bay Area, CA):
www.bawug.org
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Chapter 20: Top Ten Sources for More Information

Houston Wireless (Houston, TX): www.houstonwireless.org
Marin Unwired (Marin County, CA): www.digiville.com/
wifi-marin/index.htm
NoCatNet (Sonoma County, CA): nocat.net
NYCWireless (New York, NY): nycwireless.net
Personal Telco (Portland, OR): www.personaltelco.net
SeattleWireless (Seattle, WA): www.seattlewireless.net

Manufacturers
Some of these firms are more oriented toward business products, but many
of them have great educational FAQs and information that™s helpful for people
trying to read everything that they can (which we support!):

3Com: www.3com.com
Actiontec: www.actiontec.com
Alvarion: www.alvarion.com
Apple: www.apple.com/airport/
Asant©: www.asante.com
Buffalo Technology: www.buffalotech.com
Cisco: www.cisco.com
D-Link: www.d-link.com
Hewlett-Packard: www.hp.com
Intel: www.intel.com
Intermec: home.intermec.com
Linksys: www.linksys.com
Macsense: www.macsense.com
Microsoft: www.microsoft.com
NETGEAR: www.netgear.com
Proxim (ORiNOCO): www.proxim.com
Raylink: www.raylink.com
Siemens/Efficient Networks: www.speedstream.com
smartBridges: www.smartbridges.com
SMC Networks: www.smc.com
Symbol Technologies: www.symbol.com
Xircom: www.xircom.com
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Index
form factor for, 90
• Numerics • hardware platform support for, 89
HomePlug built in to, 70
2Wire Web site, 59
as hot spot, unintentionally, 293
3Com Web site, 343
HPNA built in to, 58, 70
802.11 Planet Web site, 294, 338
infrastructure mode for, 37“38
802.11 standards. See IEEE 802.11
installing, preparation for, 105“111
standards
Internet connection sharing with, 176
802.11Hotspots Web site, 294
location of, 71“76, 133, 315“316
80211b Weblogger Web site, 339
MAC address, changing, 108
modem including, 70
•A• multiple, improving performance,
320“322
ABS (AirPort Base Station)
multiple, interfering with each other, 73
adding computer on Mac OS 9, 151“152
NAT included in, 82
adding computer on Mac OS X, 158“159
network name for, 36
adding non-Apple computer to, 159“161
operating system compatibility for, 89“90
configuring on Mac OS 9, 148“151
outdoor use of, 90
configuring on Mac OS X, 155“158
password for, changing, 192
definition of, 135“136
PoE support, 94
features of, 139“143
power output of, 39, 41
firmware upgrades on Mac OS 9, 146“148
print server combined with, 70, 93
firmware upgrades on Mac OS X, 154“155
radio channel for, 37, 45“46, 112“113, 316
Internet connection sharing using, 164
range of, 16, 18, 76, 97
setting up on Mac OS 9, 144“152
repeater mode for, 323
setting up on Mac OS X, 152“159
requirements for, list of, 87“88
access point (AP). See also ABS; wireless
rogue, 293
Internet gateway
software platform support for, 89
acting as a bridge, 29, 38, 167
standards for, 68“69, 88“89, 306“307
ad hoc mode for, 38
switches in, 69, 93
antenna for, detachable, 94“95
technical support for, 101
auto channel select, 94
telnetting to, 99
Bluetooth, 289
uplink port for, 95
cable/DSL router combined with, 70
wall-mountable, 71, 90
certification of, 88
warranties for, 100“101
configuration, 97“99, 111“116, 191“192
Actiontec Web site, 343
cost of, 84“85, 100
ad hoc mode, 38
definition of, 16
Administrators group, 214
DHCP address assignment by, 69“70, 91
Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility.
encryption key for, 37
See ASIMO
Ethernet port on, 94
AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), 199
features of, 21“22, 69“70, 94“95
AIBO robotic dog (Sony), 275“276
firewall combined with, 70
airlink security, 186“187. See also security
firmware upgrades for, 98“100
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AirPort Base Station. See ABS IR devices, controlling from wireless
AirPort Card, 135“139, 161“162 network, 272“273
AirPort Extreme Base Station, 136, 140 media player for, 249, 255“256
AirPort Extreme Card, 136, 140 network enabled, 248
AirPort software, 141“146, 152, 153 PDA as remote control for, 271“272
All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro (ATI), 227, 259 streaming files for, 247
Alvarion Web site, 343 transferring files for, 247
America Online. See AOL transmitters on alternative frequencies
antenna for, 260
description of, 38“40 video cameras, 13, 27, 48, 268“270, 287
gain of, 41 video projectors, 250
moving to improve performance, 316 wireless adapters for, 251“255
multiple, improving performance, 94“95, wireless functionality built in to, 248,
318 249“251
signal pattern of, 76 wirelessly enabling, 79, 246“249
Web site about, 318 Austin Wireless freenet, 294
antivirus software, 185 authentication, 52
AOL (America Online), ABS connecting to, AutoCommand Deluxe Remote Starter
139, 141, 156, 166 (DesignTech International), 328
AP. See access point automatic network connections, 130“132
apparel. See clothing automobiles. See cars
Apple AirPort hardware. See ABS; AirPort
•B•
Card
Apple AirPort Web site, 343
Apple Macintosh. See Macintosh backbone, wireless, 8
computers Baldwin Piano Web site, 330
Apple Web site, 22, 144, 152 base station. See access point
appliances, 329“330, 332“333 bathroom, wireless devices in, 326
application triggered port forwarding, 241 BAWUG (Bay Area Wireless Users Group)
Applied Digital Solutions Web site, 335 freenet, 294
Asant© Web site, 343 Belkin Bluetooth Access Point, 289
ASCII format, for WEP keys, 195 BlueM (TDK Systems Europe), 54
ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Bluetooth technology
Mobility), 333 access point for, 289
ATI All-In-Wonder 9700 Pro, 227, 259 adapters to enable PC for, 288“289
attached network devices, 208 applications for, 280
attenuation, signal, 40 communication used by, 50“53
AudioReQuest music server, 221, 251“253 compared with/Wi-Fi, 49“50
AudioReQuest Web site, 252 definition of, 48“49, 277“280
AudioTron (Turtle Beach Systems), 27, 272 history of, 278
audio/video equipment IEEE 802.15.1 standard for, 48, 278
adapter for, 248, 251“255 IrDA replaced by, 50
in bathroom, 326 security standards for, 52“53
bridge for, 248, 253 using in wireless network, 53“56
in cars, 264“268 Web sites for, 48, 53, 278, 339
digital music server, 221, 251“253 Bluetooth Weblogs Web site, 339
HDTV, 258 Bluetooth-enabled devices
home theater PC, 249, 257“259 in cars, 54, 282
IEEE 802.11 standards for, 247 cell phones, 53“54, 281“282, 283
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Index

communication between, 50“53 cable modem. See also modems
connecting to wireless network, 289 access point combined with, 70
digital camcorders, 48, 287 definition of, 11
digital cameras, 56, 286“287 router for, 29
handheld computers, 54“55, 282“285 cable/DSL router
interfering with wireless network, 317 ABS acting as, 139
keyboards, 287“288 definition of, 29, 81, 92
list of, 48“49, 53“54, 280 included in access point, 70
mice, 48, 287“288 included in wireless Internet gateway, 93
printers, 56, 285“286 camcorders. See video cameras
BlueUnplugged Web site, 278 cameras
Boingo in cell phones, 282
hot spots, 297, 299“300 digital, 56, 286“287
network sniffer program, 302 video, Bluetooth-enabled, 48, 287
Web site, 299, 342 video, wireless network, 13, 27, 268“270
books in watches, 336
about home automation, 275 CAN (campus-wide area network), 291
about home networking, 186, 203“204 cars
about home theater, 257 Bluetooth used in, 54, 282
bridge choosing wireless equipment for, 267“268
access point acting as, 29, 38, 167 GPS for, 327
adding to improve performance, 322“323 MP3 players for, 264
AirPort Extreme Base Station acting as, MP3 servers for, 9
140 PCs for, 266“267
for audio/video equipment, 248, 253 shopping in, 328
definition of, 29 vehicle monitoring systems for, 327
for gaming, 234“236, 308 wireless audio systems for, 264“266
HomePlug as, 60 wireless technologies used by, 262“264,
broadband connection. See also Internet 326“328
connection Casio watches, 336
discussion Web site about, 81 Cat 5e cable. See Ethernet cable
for games, 226 Cayman Systems 3500 Series Smart
pinging to test speed of connection, 227 Gateways, 28, 30

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