New social and personal dynamics are being created every day because of wireless. This book
attempts to examine the practical exploitation of wireless networking. The projects here will
help you get an understanding of the driving force behind the revolution...
Begin your Wi-Fi Toys first by understanding radio frequency and cable loss. Learn step-by-step how the professionals terminate a cable for use with Wi-Fi equipment. Find out how and where to choose the right pigtail for your equipment.
Learn about the many different types of Wi-Fi antennas and how they work. Build your own fully functional 2.4 GHz Yagi antenna from measuring and cutting paperclips and mounting them to a popsicle stick.
Enter the realm of GIS by plotting the results of a wardrive in just about any mapping program available. Learn how to transform the output from Netstumbler into a map-friendly format. Find extra tricks of plotting signal strength and tracking down an elusive hotspot.
Learn how a wireless repeater is used and build your own for a remote hilltop or distant point on your property. Use solar power to make a truly wireless network. Place this on a mountainside to bring wireless to an entire region.
Create a Wi-Fi link that can traverse the countryside from 1 mile to 10 miles and more. Find out how to build a link that can withstand the daily onslaught of weather, atmospheric effects, and signal degradation.
Use an old laptop to build a picture frame that can display all of those shots from your digital camera and camera cellphone. Learn how to update the frame over your wireless LAN to keep the content fresh.