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Mac OS X Unwired

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Mac OS X Unwired introduces you to the basics of wireless computing, from the reasons why you'd want to go wireless in the first place, to setting up your wireless network or accessing your wireless services on the road. The book provides a complete introduction to all the wireless technologies supported by Mac OS X, including Wi-Fi (802.11b and g), infrared, Bluetooth, CDMA2000, and GPRS. You'll learn how to set up your first wireless network and how use the Mac OS X software that supports wireless, such as iSync, iChat, and Rendezvous. You'll also get a good understanding of the limitations and liabilities of each wireless technology. Other topics covered in the book include:

  • Using wireless at home, in the office, or on the road

  • Connecting to wireless hotspots

  • Wireless Security

Mac OS X Unwired is a one-stop wireless information source for technically savvy Mac users. If you're considering wireless as an alternative to cable and DSL, or using wireless to network computers in your home or office, this book will show you the full-spectrum view of wireless capabilities of Mac OS X, and how to get the most out of them.

Table of Contents

  1. Special Upgrade Offer
  2. Preface
    1. What This Book Covers
    2. Wireless Security
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. Comments and Questions
    5. Acknowledgements
  3. 1. Introduction to Wireless Computing
    1. Why Go Wireless?
    2. Connecting Without Wires
      1. At Home
      2. In the Office
      3. On the Road
    3. Wireless Hardware
      1. 802.11x
        1. Cards
        2. Wireless Access Points
      2. Differences Between 802.11a, b, and g
        1. 802.11a
        2. 802.11b
        3. 802.11g
    4. Bluetooth
      1. RF
      2. Infrared
    5. Wireless Software
      1. Apple’s Software
        1. iSync
        2. iChat
        3. Rendezvous
      2. Third-Party Software
  4. 2. Wi-Fi in Your Mac
    1. About 802.11b and 802.11g
      1. SSID
      2. Channels
      3. Security (WEP and 802.1X)
      4. Networking Modes
    2. AirPort Cards
      1. The Original AirPort Card
      2. The AirPort Extreme Card
    3. Installing AirPort Cards
    4. Third-Party Connection Solutions
      1. PC Cards
      2. USB Adapters
      3. PCI Cards
    5. Setting Up Your Mac to Use Wi-Fi
      1. Using the AirPort Setup Assistant
      2. Connecting to a Wireless Network Manually
      3. Switching Between Wireless Networks
    6. Extending the Titanium PowerBook’s Range
      1. Orienting your laptop
      2. Checking the AirPort Card
      3. Squeezing the Battery Bay
      4. Using a PC Card Wi-Fi Adapter
      5. Installing External Antennas
      6. Hitching a Ride
  5. 3. Making the Wi-Fi Connection
    1. Setting Up a Wireless Network
    2. Networking Principles
      1. TCP/IP
        1. IP address
        2. Routers
        3. Routers with switches
    3. AirPort Base Stations
      1. Setting up an AirPort Extreme or AirPort Base Station
        1. Connecting the hardware
        2. Base station setup
      2. Setting Up USB Printer Sharing
    4. Using the AirPort Admin Utility
      1. AirPort Tab
      2. Internet Tab
      3. Network Tab
      4. Port Mapping Tab
      5. Access Tab
      6. Authentication Tab
      7. WDS Tab
    5. Roaming Networks
    6. Internet Sharing (Software Base Stations)
    7. Computer to Computer Networks
    8. Third-Party Base Stations
      1. The Not-So-Good News
      2. Configuring Third-Party Base Stations
  6. 4. Wi-Fi on the Road
    1. Finding a Hotspot
      1. Public Networks
        1. Fee-based wireless ISPs
        2. Community networks
        3. Aggregators
        4. Private open networks
        5. Wardialing, wardriving, warwalking, and warchalking
    2. Ethics and Legalities of Open Networks
  7. 5. Security
    1. Secure Wireless Computing
    2. Virtual Private Networks
      1. Tunneling
      2. Accessing a VPN Server
    3. Secure Shell (SSH)
    4. Firewalls
    5. Wi-Fi Security
      1. Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)
        1. Enabling WEP on an AirPort base station
        2. Connecting Non-Macintosh Computers to a WEP-enabled AirPort Base Station
        3. Connecting your Mac to a Non-AirPort Base Station
        4. Connecting to a WEP-enabled AirPort base station
      2. 802.11i
        1. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)
      3. 802.1X Authentication
        1. Using 802.1X in Mac OS X
        2. 802.1X and RADIUS
        3. RADIUS and the AirPort Base Station
    6. Are 802.11 Networks Really Secure?
      1. Common Security Features on Access Points
        1. MAC address filtering
        2. Disabling SSID broadcast
        3. Using WEP
  8. 6. Bluetooth
    1. About Bluetooth
    2. Choosing and Installing a Bluetooth Adapter
    3. Connecting Cellular Phones
      1. Pairing Your Phone and Mac
      2. Using Your Phone
        1. Announcing incoming calls
        2. Making outgoing calls
      3. Fun with Phones
        1. Salling Clicker
        2. Romeo
      4. Moving Data with Bluetooth
        1. Bluetooth File Exchange
    4. Connecting a PDA
      1. Pairing Your PDA and Mac
        1. Pairing the Mac from the Palm
        2. Pairing the Palm from the Mac
    5. Using iSync
      1. Updating Your Phone via iSync
      2. Updating Your PDA Via iSync
    6. Bluetooth Security
    7. Troubleshooting Bluetooth
  9. 7. Cellular Connectivity
    1. Cellular Networking Price and Performance
    2. GPRS
      1. GSM Networks and GPRS
      2. How GPRS Works
      3. GPRS Phones
        1. SIM cards
      4. Configuring a Bluetooth-Enabled Mobile Phonefor GPRS Access
      5. Dialing an ISP with a Bluetooth-Enabled Mobile Phone
    3. SMS Messaging
    4. CDMA
      1. Connecting via Express Network
    5. Acceleration
      1. Client-Server Compressing Proxies
      2. Transparent Accelerators
    6. Tips for Road Warriors
  10. 8. Rendezvous
    1. What Is Rendezvous?
      1. Rendezvous Applications
    2. Setting Up Peer-to-Peer Networking
    3. Using Rendezvous with iChat AV
      1. Invoking iChat AV
    4. Using Rendezvous with Safari
    5. Using Rendezvous with Camino
    6. Sharing Files Using Rendezvous
      1. Sharing Files
      2. Connecting to a File Server
    7. Remote Login
    8. Collaborative Editing with SubEthaEdit
    9. Using Rendezvous with iTunes to Share Music
  11. A. RF and Infrared
    1. Radio Frequency (RF)
      1. Keyboards and Mice
      2. Other Peripherals
    2. Infrared (IR)
      1. Configuring IrDA
      2. IR and Palm Devices
      3. Other IR Devices
  12. Glossary
  13. Index
  14. About the Authors
  15. Colophon
  16. Special Upgrade Offer
  17. Copyright