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WiFi Wireless Networks

Schedule
 This class is not scheduled 

WiFi is the popular wireless networking standard. This class covers everything you need to know to setup, secure and access wireless computer networks.

The class begins with a brief comparison of wired vs. wireless networks on things like cost, security, speed, etc. Next, we cover the different types of WiFi networks: A, B, G and N, exploring the pros and cons of each. Then we go over the configuration options and parameters involved with setting up a new WiFi network. A big ongoing annoyance with WiFi networks is poor reception (signal strength), so the class covers a number of ways to improve reception.

Every computer network depends on a router, so the class offers advice on purchasing a router.

Security is critical with wireless networks and the class reviews many steps you can take to secure your home/office wireless network. But this is only half the story, we also cover securing your computer when using a public WiFi network such as those at Starbucks, hotels, airports, etc. If you are not familiar with WiFi security you should not be using a wireless network.

The security topic includes the use of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). VPN is only the beginning of the alphabet soup involved with wireless networks. We also cover: WEP, WPA, PSK, TKIP, AES, RADIUS, WPA2, WECA, SSID,  DHCP, MAC and NIC. 

To tie everything together, the class ends with a demonstration of configuring a router use with a WiFi wireless network.

This is a three hour class. For links to WiFi articles and web sites see the page for my Networking For Homes and Small Businesses class. 


Glenn Fleishman runs a valuable WiFi information site www.WiFiNetNews.com 

Step-By-Step: Give Your Wi-Fi Network Wider Range, More Speed by Becky Waring in PC World July 25, 2005. The article mentions WiFi adapters with extra power and range such as the SMC EliteConnectHigh Power Wireless Cardbus Adapter. 

WLAN Sickness: Rubbish or Reasonable?  By Gerry Blackwell at wi-fiplanet.com March 13, 2006 porn

Wi-Spy Spectrum Analyzer By Joseph Moran at WiFi Planet February 3, 2006. A $99 thumb drive. 
 

 

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