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Wireless Networking Made Easy: Everything You Need to Know to Build Your Own PANs, LANs, and WANs

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Wireless Networking Made Easy: Everything You Need to Know to Build Your Own PANs, LANs, and WANs

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Recommended Reading on Technology

Technology rules! This month, I look at four books to help you move forward in the world of technology. The first is a basic guide to wireless networking, then come some solutions to those nagging PC and budding Internet problems, and finally a look at the state of the art for virtual reference.

Wireless Networking Made Easy: Everything You Need to Know to Build Your Own PANs, LANs, and WANs by Russell Shaw ISBN: 0-8144-7175-7 Published: 2003 Pages: 259 pp.; softcover Price: $27.95 Available from: AMACOM Books, American Management Association, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212/903-8316; www.amacombooks.org

If you have no idea how wireless networks work and are thinking of setting up a connection, a node, or an actual network, then this is a book you must read. In simple, straightforward language, the author guides you through the technology and hardware you need for your PAN (personal area network), LAN (local area network), or WAN (wide area network).

The book begins with a brief overview of wireless technologies and then turns to setting up a wireless network or Internet connection on your own PC. After explaining Bluetooth and WiFi standards, the author moves on to the issues involved in setting up a LAN or a WAN. …

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