Wireless Networking

The high cost of conventional "wired" infrastructure is an obstacle to those looking to harness the potential of ICTs for development and social change. Wireless technologies offer tested, low-cost options to complement conventional infrastructure.

 

Wireless Networking

Introduction

The high cost of conventional "wired" infrastructure is an obstacle to those  looking to harness the potential of ICTs for development and social change.  Wireless technologies offer tested, low-cost options to complement conventional  infrastructure.

Wireless Networking -  General

Editor's choice: Wireless Networking in the  Developing World: a practical guide to planning and building low-cost  telecommunications infrastructure

Developed by: Wndw.org Type of resource: PDF and  website Target audience: General Cost: Free access

"The massive popularity of wireless networking has caused equipment costs to  continually plummet, while equipment capabilities continue to increase. By  applying this technology in areas that are badly in need of critical  communications infrastructure, more people can be brought online than ever  before, in less time, for very little cost." This book was developed by a team  of experts with extensive experience, and covers "Where to Begin", "A Practical  Introduction to Radio Physics", "Network Design", "Antennas & Transmission  Lines", "Networking Hardware", "Security", "Building an Outdoor Node", and  "Troubleshooting". The book is released under a Creative Commons license and can  be downloaded as a single file or chapter by chapter.

Dhttp://wndw.net/


Community Wireless Handbook

Developed by: First Nations Technology Council, Mathew Asham and B.C.  Wireless Network Society Type of resource: PDF Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

Developed for First Nations communities in Canada, this practical manual  details the basics of wireless network setup and management, especially geared  for "every day members of the community". The emphasis being on a shared,  community wireless network, the manual provides a brief overview of community  wireless networking, legal frameworks and social issues before launching into  details on wireless network anatomy, range testing and line of site, site  surveying, radio theory, wireless hardware, antenna, and advanced networking.  Straight-forward, non-technical language. In order to download the material, you  are asked to register and, though not a requirement, offer feedback.

Dhttp://www.bcwireless.net/~matthewa/handbook/


How To Wireless HOWTO

Developed by: WLUG Type of resource: Web guide Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

This document by Roberto Arcomano looks at how to setup Wireless in Linux,  compatibility problems, geographic requirements and more.

Dhttp://www.wlug.org.nz/HowToWirelessHOWTO


ItrainOnline MMTK Wireless materials

Developed by: APC Type of resource: Downloadable files in  Open Document, Microsoft Office and PDF formats. Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free access

These materials were developed as part of the Capacity building for community  wireless connectivity in Africa initiative and cover topics ranging from  antennas to wireless security. These materials assume a reasonable understanding  of TCP/IP networking and experience as a network administrator.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/wire less.shtml


ItrainOnline MMTK Wireless Materials in Arabic

Developed by: APC Type of resource: Dowloadable .doc  files Target audience: General, Trainers Cost: Free  access

These materials were developed as part of the Capacity building for community  wireless connectivity in Africa initiative and cover topics ranging from  antennas to wireless security. The materials assume a reasonable understanding  of TCP/IP networking and experience as a network administrator.

Dhttp://www.itrainonline.org/itrainonline/mmtk/wire less_ar.shtml


O'Reilly Wireless

Developed by: O'Reilly Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Fee

Free access to selected chapters from O'Reilly wireless-related publications,  and fee-paying access to complete online books.

Dhttp://wireless.oreilly.com/


Tech Nightmares: WiFi Horrors

Developed by: CNet Type of resource: Web site Target  audience: General Cost: Free access

"Wi-Fi networks are terrifying. Sure, they're scary to set up, but even more  frightening is how quickly we grow to rely on them. We love it when they obey  our commands, but wireless connections leave us paralyzed when they suddenly  stop working." This series of basic articles from CNet looks at extending range,  IP address problems, connection instability and security.

Dhttp://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10168_7-5658962-1.htm l?tag=txt


The Wireless Developer Network Website

Developed by: The Wireless Developer Network Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

The Wireless Developer Network is an on-line community for information  technology professionals interested in mobile computing and communications. The  site offers technical information, news, industry coverage, and commentary from  the wireless developers' community. The site features quality articles and a  solid library collection of tutorials and training materials on wireless.

Dhttp://www.wirelessdevnet.com/


Wireless Networking Tutorial

Developed by: Winncom Technologies Type of resource: Web  page Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Basic introduction to wireless networking, with answers to questions ranging  from "what is wireless networking?" to "how can I use a wireless network to  share an internet connection?"

Dhttp://www.winncom.com/html/wireless.shtml


Wireless  Networking - Link Calculation, Site Survey and Design

Calculating Distances Between Two Points

Developed by: Geoscience Australia Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This site from Geoscience Australia offers a short comparison of methods for  calculating distance, and an online calculator.

Dhttp://www.ga.gov.au/nmd/geodesy/datums/distance.j sp


Wireless Networking -  Basic Radio Physics

Eric Weisstein's World of Physics: Radio Physics

Developed by: Wolfram Research Type of resource: Portal Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This is the Radio physics section of a broader portal which offers short,  accessible explanations of technical physics terms.

Dhttp://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/topics/Rad ioPhysics.html


Wireless Networking  - Standards and Regulatory

Open Spectrum

Developed by: Open Spectrum Foundation Type of resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

The Open Spectrum Foundation aims to promote awareness of "open spectrum"  concepts and to advocate the expansion of the radio bands available for  license-exempt use. Their web site includes reports on wireless spectrum  regulation around the world and news on wireless initiatives.

Dhttp://www.openspectrum.info/


Short-Range Wireless Connectivity: A Complementary Comparison

Developed by: Puneet Gupta Type of resource: Web  site Target audience: General Cost: Free access

A short tutorial on the relationship between Bluetooth, HomeRF, IrDA and  Wi-Fi standards, technologies which compete in certain fronts and are  complementary in other areas. Written in 2002, the overview helps readers select  solutions for a specific application context by examining strengths and  weaknesses.

Dhttp://www.wirelessdevnet.com/channels/bluetooth/f eatures/bluetooth_irda.html


Wireless Networking -  Community Examples

Creating Community Wireless in Africa

Developed by: APC and TechSoup Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This article describes a partnership project, led by APC, aimed at developing  capacity around the use of wireless technologies for community networking in  Africa.

Dhttp://www.techsoup.org/howto/npostory_article.cfm ?articleid=85&topicid=0


Nepal Wireless Networking Project

Developed by: Nepal Wireless Networking Project Type of  resource: Web site Target audience: General Cost: Free  access

The Nepal Wireless Networking Project has networked seven villages in Nepal,  and is currently maintained by Himanchal Higher Secondary School, Nangi village,  Nepal. Visit the NWNP for articles and inspiration!

Dhttp://nepalwireless.net/


Wireless Networking -  Listservers

Wireless for Development List

Developed by: IDRC Type of resource: Listserver Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Listserver for discussions on practical wireless and VOIP infrastructure  implementation in developing countries.

Dhttp://www.dgroups.org/groups/wifi4d/index.cfm


Wireless Networking -  Software Tools

Radio Mobile

Developed by: Roger Coudé Type of resource: Software  tool Target audience: General Cost: Free access

This freeware for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, XP, 2000 is a tool used to predict  the performance of a radio system.

Dhttp://www.cplus.org/rmw/rme.html


Secure  Computing and Online Communications - Wireless

Five Tips for Secure Wireless Web Surfing

Developed by: TechSoup Type of resource: Web  guide Target audience: General Cost: Free access

How to stay safe when using a public wireless hotspot

http://www.techsoup.org/learningcenter/connections /page5998.cfm


Wi-Fi for dummies: Securing network access while on the run

Developed by: The Register Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

If you are chatting, emailing, or just browsing while at an wireless internet  hotspot, you'll want to read this article to understand the risks and ways to  protect your personal information when you're on the go. The article provides  recommendations on the most secure software to use, as well as plugins to  further enhance security. It looks at web browsers, instant messenger services,  and email.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/10/wifi/


Wi-Fi horrors: Tales from the cryptographer

Developed by: CNet Type of resource: Web  article Target audience: General Cost: Free access

Basic tips for securing your wireless network.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10168_7-5659898-1.htm l?tag=nav

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