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Wireless Networking

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APC

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Nonprofits' role in Municipal Wireless Programs

Developed by: NTEN
Type of resource: PDF report
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Municipal wireless programs are springing up in many places. Big cities and small towns are working to close de digital divide by providing free or low-cost access to the Internet. What does this mean for nonprofit organizations? Can they play a role in shaping a city or town's wireless program?

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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.

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Wireless Networking - Software Tools

Radio Mobile

Developed by: Roger CoudÚ
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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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