Over the Road Wireless For Dummies

From the Back Cover
Keep in touch with the office or the grandkids
Set up your laptop or PDA, find hot spots, and keep your stuff safe

Whether you’re on the road earning a living or satisfying your urge to roam, this book will help you stay connected to the rest of the world. Here’s how to choose equipment and services, protect your data, manage an office on your laptop, enjoy movies and music, and even save on phone calls with VoIP.

Discover how to

Choose the equipment that meets your needs
Set up laptops and antennas
Find hotspots easily
Turn your cell phone into a modem
Connect remotely to your home PC
Secure your data and your laptop

About the Author
E. Phil Haley is a truck driver and equipment operator living in Anchorage,
Alaska, and writes articles about wireless Internet access and security. Phil
first started driving trucks in September 1979, and his most recent over-the-
road experience has been with Leavitt’s Freight Service of Springfield,
Oregon, where he enjoyed the challenge of hauling long loads. During his
over-the-road adventures, he travels with two laptops (one for work and one
for fun), a handful of wireless adapters, more antennas than any one person
should own, and a wireless signal amplifier (just in case). When he’s not driving or surfing the Web, he can usually be found in one truck stop or another extolling the virtues of wireless Internet access to anyone in earshot or helping a new convert get set up for wireless Net surfing. Phil also maintains (or, more often, fails to maintain) theCyberTruckStop.com.

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Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies

Do you roam the road making a living, or are you enjoying the nomadic life of a retiree with a motor home? Either way, life goes on no matter where you’re hanging your hat tonight. Bills still need to be paid, grandchildren grow up way too fast, and you’ve gotten pretty dependent on your e-mail. How do you stay connected to the rest of the world while you’re on the road?
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Pay bills, check accounts, and handle banking online
Send and receive e-mail
Surf the Web
Access your home PC
Make inexpensive phone calls with VoIP
Watch TV, download movies, and listen to satellite radio
“So,” you say, “I see people in movies popping open their laptops and getting online wherever they happen to be. It looks awfully easy―why do I need a book?” Well, lots of things are easy once you know how. Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies tells you how in plain English, so you can take advantage of all those cool opportunities safely and easily. You’ll discover how to

Choose the best Wi-Fi access service for your needs and locate hotspots
Assess cellular data services and satellite access to make informed choices about service
Adapt your laptop or PDA for wireless, set up an external antenna, and install an external amplifier
Use your cell phone as a modem
Identify security threats, protect your data with strong passwords and encryption, and set up a personal firewall
Install and use Skype and make phone calls with your laptop
Make your truck or RV your office with online freight-finding services, a GPS receiver, a travel printer, and software to keep logs and expense records
Access streaming TV and radio on the road

With Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies to help, you can send online birthday cards, watch video of the grandchildren, do your banking, pay bills, keep records, connect to your home PC, and even file your taxes, no matter how far away you roam!

Wireless All In One For Dummies 2nd Edition

Link up, connect, or create a network-with no wires attached!
With such an amazing abundance of electronic devices available in our daily lives, wouldn’t it be nice to eliminate getting wrangled by all those wires? With this guide by your side, a team of technical authors walks you through creating a network in your home or office-without the expense and hassle of stringing cable or paying a network administrator.

Eight self-contained minibooks answer your questions about wireless devices and wireless networks and address everything from hardware security to wireless hobbies and GPS. Clear, step-by-step instructions show you how to link your TV, computers, PDAs, laptops, TiVo, and sound systems to your wireless network.

Discover how to configure networks and create a completely wireless environment
Incorporate various hardware into your wireless network, such as notebook computers, handheld devices, sound systems, and printers
Tackle common security issues and best troubleshooting practices
Learn all the basics of wireless computing and how to make it work for you

With this book, it’s easier than ever to to create an office or home network on a Windows platform. Don’t be a bird on a wire-become a part of a wireless world!

Laptops for Dummies 3rd Edition

Laptops For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to use your laptop to its fullest potential, from how to purchase a laptop and what to do when you first open the box to how to keep your laptop safe and running smoothly.
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You’ll find out how to:

Navigate all your laptop’s components
Use keyboard shortcuts and a mouse
Organize and manage files and accounts
Print files and add your laptop to a network
Properly equip your laptop carrying case with tools and resources
Manage the power supply
Add software tools to synchronize and update files between a laptop, a PDA, and a desktop or office server

In addition to the basics, find lists of ten battery tips and tricks, ten handy laptop accessories, and ten things you should keep in your laptop carrying case in Laptops for Dummies, 3rd Edition, a convenient and handy guide!

Wireless Network Hacks and Mods For Dummies

– Fun projects and valuable content join forces to enable readers to turn their wireless home network into a high-performance wireless infrastructure capable of entertainment networking and even home automation
– Step-by-step instructions help readers find, buy, and install the latest and greatest wireless equipment
– The authors are home tech gurus and offer detailed discussion on the next-generation wireless gear that will move the wireless LAN beyond computers and into telephony, entertainment, home automation/control, and even automotive networking
– The number of wireless LAN users in North America is expected to grow from 4.2 million current users to more than 31 million by 2007

Wireless Network Hacks & Mods For Dummies

– Fun projects and valuable content join forces to enable readers to turn their wireless home network into a high-performance wireless infrastructure capable of entertainment networking and even home automation
– Step-by-step instructions help readers find, buy, and install the latest and greatest wireless equipment
– The authors are home tech gurus and offer detailed discussion on the next-generation wireless gear that will move the wireless LAN beyond computers and into telephony, entertainment, home automation/control, and even automotive networking
– The number of wireless LAN users in North America is expected to grow from 4.2 million current users to more than 31 million by 2007