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O'Reilly Network: Introduction to Wireless

Sep 22, 2001, 14:03 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

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"Today there is likely no hotter area of development than wireless networking. Wireless 802.11 networks have been in the news quite a lot recently, both from the perspective of their growing popularity and in terms of the security vulnerabilities that have been recently discovered in the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) security standard that is supposed to ensure the security of data that flows over these networks.

The low cost of wireless hubs and wireless cards has brought this exciting new technology into the realm of affordability for almost anyone. Wireless networking hubs, called "access points" can be purchased for as little as USD$300, and with manufacturer rebates, wireless PC cards for laptops and handhelds are under $100 from most online discounters.

So, with all this activity, it seems a perfect area to explore for the Linux-centric enterprise to enable your users to liberate themselves from the shackles of CAT5 cables and get a breath of fresh air. But before you dive in, make sure there's some water in the pool!"

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