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Windows XP Unwired

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Tandem Library (Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613912071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613912075
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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By Mr. P. Harvey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recently encountered a problem whilst setting up a neighbour's computer to access the Internet wirelessly. I used a WiFi PC Card inserted into the computer (a laptop) and a 4-port wireless router connected via an ADSL broadband link using the telephone network. What should have been a simple task was complicated by the computer attempting to lock onto a different router to the one chosen. Try as I may I could find no mention in standard XP references to the problem. However, I had better luck whilst researching the problem on the Web. The book most often referred to in forums that discussed the problem was called "Windows XP Unwired". I duly purchased a copy. In it I found the answer I was looking for and I was able to successfully connect my neighbour's laptop to the chosen wireless router.

But it was only when I received the book that I realised that 'Unwired' not only referred to WiFi, it also referred to Bluetooth, Infrared and other wireless technologies. This book considers them all in relation to Windows XP. I recommend this book to anyone who uses Windows XP and who has 'wireless' problems. It is not a particularly thick book and, best of all, it is easy to read. A familiarity with Windows XP is assumed.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e5130b4) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8e53a0fc) out of 5 stars Wireless network made easy 21 Oct. 2003
By Srinivas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Windows XP has one of the best fetures, i.e "native support" for LANs. Wireless support in XP makes upgrading to the new OS more appealing for all types of users who wants wireless connection availabe always. Users no longer need to worry about technical details of configuring wireless network, it is always available.
Windows XP Unwired explains what is wireless network and how to use wireless network in Windows XP. Author explained very well from the very basics about network, what is a network, uses. After that he explains about what are the advantages, challenges about wireless network, how to secure a wireless network, how to setup your own wireless network at home. Once you complete this book, you will be able to setup your own network without any expert help.
First it explains the fundamentals of network, like what is a TCP/IP, how it works, then radio waves. Then it explains what is Wi-Fi network, 802.11 Wirless standards, how to use 802.11 wireless on the road, wireless hotspots, how to find wireless hotspots. How to use Infrared port on your Palm / Pocket PC, Bluetooth technology, GPS, and Cellular Networking.
The entire book is organized to explain you about What a specific Technology is (for example Blue Tooth), what are the current standards, how to use that technology, advantages and disadvantages (if any), limitations, and how XP supports that technology.
The best part about this book is, though it says Windows XP unwired, it explains about wireless adapters, NIC. It has case studies on how to setup Home Network.
Other topics conved in this book includes, XP default firewall, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Remote Desktop. It is like a complete reference for wirelss networking technology.
I strongly recommend this book to everyone who wants to understand wirless networking.
HASH(0x8e516ad4) out of 5 stars An okay introductory book that is dated. 18 Mar. 2013
By hankguy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book is from 2003 and it is dated as it only covers XP. The range of topics are broad and it does have some material that was worthwhile. The material it does present is basic and well written. It covers a lot including the basics of Wi-Fi, encryption and hardware setup such as access points. It has a good explanation of the different kinds of EAP and what is necessary to set them up. It even gives you a step by step for putting a Radius server on the network for authentication. Also step by step for setting up a VPN. Some of the technologies it talks about are dead and gone like Microsoft Smart Display. It did fill some holes in my knowledge so three stars for average. I haven't had a bad O'Reilly book yet.
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