802.11b Round-Up

by David Sims

If you're looking for a fun project over the Fourth of July (one that doesn't involve mosquitos or children burning their fingers on sparklers), think about setting up a wireless network around the home or office. If you're thinking about doing just that, we've got everything you need to know about 802.11b wireless local area networks on O'Reilly Network.

First, O'Reilly Network's sysadmin, Rob Flickenger, gets you started with an introduction to a wireless networking card, an overview of tips and tricks for setting up a network, and a report on his attempt to make the protocol work over long ranges -- five miles or more.

802.11b Tips, Tricks, and Facts
March 3, 2001

Getting Started with Lucent's 802.11b Wireless LAN Card
Nov. 3, 2000 (updated May 2001)

A Wireless Long Shot
May 3, 2001

If you're running Linux, O'Reilly Network developer Schuyler Erle has a tutorial on setting up a wireless LAN around the home.

Recipe for a Linux 802.11b Home Network
March 6, 2001

If you're more of the BSD persuasion, then Michael Lucas has offered a couple of articles to help you get the same.

Wireless Networking
April 5, 2001

Setting up Wireless Cards on FreeBSD
April 19, 2001

Setting up a network for Windows machines? Derrick Story shows you how to get them talking to Apple Computer's AirPort system.

Connecting PCs to Apple's Wireless Airport
by Derrick Story
July 13, 2000 (updated June 2001)

Finally, if you're confused about the whole wireless networking situation, or you just want a good refresher on what the difference is between 802.11a, 802.11g, Bluetooth, and HomeRF, then read Glenn Fleishman's report breaking down the swarm of wireless protocols vying for mindshare these days.

New Wireless Standards Challenge 802.11b
June 8, 2001

Happy reading, and go easy on the dogs.

-- Dave