During the first month of a quarter I'll post a poll with a list of books to vote on. At the end of that month the votes will be tallied & the next book posted. A review & discussion of the current book will follow. Recommendations for books can be made via email, twitter, comments or carrier pigeon. While reading the book use the hashtag #WiFiBookClub to discuss on twitter. Authoring a book report is also a great way to get your creative juices flowing & add content to your blog. Below you will find the current list of books in the WiFi Book Club.
Click on a book below to visit a link to purchase. Please shop around as some books are available in other locations for cheaper.
**NOTE** Putting this on hold for a bit. The amount of reading I'm currently doing in preparation for the CCIE Wireless leaves little time for anything else. Will start this back up once I'm through that phase.
Hacking Exposed Wireless, Third Edition: Wireless Security Secrets & Solutions - Wright/Cache(2015): WiFi Book Club Q4 2015
Learn to exploit weaknesses in wireless network environments using the innovative techniques in this thoroughly updated guide. Inside, you’ll find concise technical overviews, the latest attack methods, and ready-to-deploy countermeasures. Find out how to leverage wireless eavesdropping, break encryption systems, deliver remote exploits, and manipulate 802.11 clients, and learn how attackers impersonate cellular networks. Hacking Exposed Wireless, Third Edition features expert coverage of ever-expanding threats that affect leading-edge technologies, including Bluetooth Low Energy, Software Defined Radio (SDR), ZigBee, and Z-Wave.
- Assemble a wireless attack toolkit and master the hacker’s weapons
- Effectively scan and enumerate WiFi networks and client devices
- Leverage advanced wireless attack tools, including Wifite, Scapy, Pyrit, Metasploit, KillerBee, and the Aircrack-ng suite
- Develop and launch client-side attacks using Ettercap and the WiFi Pineapple
- Hack cellular networks with Airprobe, Kraken, Pytacle, and YateBTS
- Exploit holes in WPA and WPA2 personal and enterprise security schemes
- Leverage rogue hotspots to deliver remote access software through fraudulent software updates
- Eavesdrop on Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy traffic
- Capture and evaluate proprietary wireless technology with Software Defined Radio tools
- Explore vulnerabilities in ZigBee and Z-Wave-connected smart homes and offices
- Attack remote wireless networks using compromised Windows systems and built-in tools"
Next Generation Wireless LANs, 2nd Edition - Perahia/Stacey(2013): WiFi Book Club Q1 2016
"If you've been searching for a way to get up to speed on IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac WLAN standards without having to wade through the entire specification, then look no further. This comprehensive overview describes the underlying principles, implementation details and key enhancing features of 802.11n and 802.11ac. For many of these features the authors outline the motivation and history behind their adoption into the standard. A detailed discussion of key throughput, robustness, and reliability enhancing features (such as MIMO, multi-user MIMO, 40/80/160 MHz channels, transmit beamforming and packet aggregation) is given, plus clear summaries of issues surrounding legacy interoperability and coexistence. Now updated and significantly revised, this 2nd edition contains new material on 802.11ac throughput, including revised chapters on MAC and interoperability, plus new chapters on 802.11ac PHY and multi-user MIMO. An ideal reference for designers of WLAN equipment, network managers, and researchers in the field of wireless communications."
802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definiteive Guide, 2nd Edition - Gast(2011):
"As we all know by now, wireless networks offer many advantages over fixed (or wired) networks. Foremost on that list is mobility, since going wireless frees you from the tether of an Ethernet cable at a desk. But that's just the tip of the cable-free iceberg. Wireless networks are also more flexible, faster and easier for you to use, and more affordable to deploy and maintain.The de facto standard for wireless networking is the 802.11 protocol, which includes Wi-Fi (the wireless standard known as 802.11b) and its faster cousin, 802.11g. With easy-to-install 802.11 network hardware available everywhere you turn, the choice seems simple, and many people dive into wireless computing with less thought and planning than they'd give to a wired network. But it's wise to be familiar with both the capabilities and risks associated with the 802.11 protocols. And 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is the perfect place to start.This updated edition covers everything you'll ever need to know about wireless technology. Designed with the system administrator or serious home user in mind, it's a no-nonsense guide for setting up 802.11 on Windows and Linux. Among the wide range of topics covered are discussions on:
- deployment considerations
- network monitoring and performance tuning
- wireless security issues
- how to use and select access points
- network monitoring essentials
- wireless card configuration
- security issues unique to wireless networks
With wireless technology, the advantages to its users are indeed plentiful. Companies no longer have to deal with the hassle and expense of wiring buildings, and households with several computers can avoid fights over who's online. And now, with 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition, you can integrate wireless technology into your current infrastructure with the utmost confidence."
802.11n: A Survival Guide - Gast(2012):
"Wireless has finally come of age. With a significant jump in throughput over previous standards, 802.11n is the first wireless technology that doesn’t trade speed for mobility, and users have stormed onto wireless networks with a passion. In this concise guide, Matthew Gast—chair of the IEEE group that produced revision 802.11-2012—shows you why wireless has become the default method of connecting to a network, and provides technical details you need to plan, design, and deploy 802.11n today.
Building a network for the multitude of new devices is now a strategic decision for network engineers everywhere. This book gives you an in-depth look at key parts of 802.11n, and shows you how to achieve an Ethernet-free wireless office.
- Learn how MIMO’s multiple data streams greatly increase wireless speed
- Discover how 802.11n modifications improve MAC efficiency
- Examine advanced PHY features such as beanforming and space-time code block
- Use advanced MAC features to maintain interoperability with older devices
- Plan an 802.11n network by determining traffic demand, key applications, power requirements, and security
- Choose the architecture, select hardware, and plan coverage to design and build your network"
802.11ac: A Survival Guide - Gast(2013):
"The next frontier for wireless LANs is 802.11ac, a standard that increases throughput beyond one gigabit per second. This concise guide provides in-depth information to help you plan for 802.11ac, with technical details on design, network operations, deployment, and monitoring.
Author Matthew Gast—an industry expert who led the development of 802.11-2012 and security task groups at the Wi-Fi Alliance—explains how 802.11ac will not only increase the speed of your network, but its capacity as well. Whether you need to serve more clients with your current level of throughput, or serve your existing client load with higher throughput, 802.11ac is the solution. This book gets you started.
- Understand how the 802.11ac protocol works to improve the speed and capacity of a wireless LAN
- Explore how beamforming increases speed capacity by improving link margin, and lays the foundation for multi-user MIMO
- Learn how multi-user MIMO increases capacity by enabling an AP to send data to multiple clients simultaneously
- Plan when and how to upgrade your network to 802.11ac by evaluating client devices, applications, and network connections"
RF Engineering for Wireless Networks: Hardware, Antennas & Propagation (Communications Engineering) - Dobkin(2011):
"Finally, here is a single volume containing all of the engineering information needed to successfully design and implement any type of wireless network! Author Dan Dobkin covers every aspect of RF engineering necessary for wireless networks. He begins with a review of essential math and electromagnetic theory followed by thorough discussions of multiplexing, modulation types, bandwidth, link budgets, network concepts, radio system architectures, RF amplifiers, mixers and frequency conversion, filters, single-chip radio systems, antenna theory and designs, signal propagation, as well as planning and implementing wireless networks for both indoor and outdoor environments.
The appendices contain such vital data as U.S., European, and Japanese technical and regulatory standards for wireless networks, measurements in wireless networks, reflection and matching of transmission lines, determining power density, and much more. The accompanying companion website includes useful software tools such as a link budget calculator, a Smith Chart calculator and plotter, and radio chain analysis utilities. No matter what type of wireless network you design-Bluetooth, UWB, or even metropolitan area network (MAN)-this book is the one reference you can’t do without!
- The A-to-Z guide to wireless network engineering-covers everything from basic electromagnetic theory to modulation techniques to network planning and implementation!
- Engineering and design principles covered are applicable to any type of wireless network, including 802.11, 802.16, 802.20, and Bluetooth.
- Discusses state-of-the-art modulation techniques such as ultra wideband (UWB) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)."
Scalable VoIP Mobility: Integration and Deployment - Epstein(2009):
"This book provides a comprehensive examination of IP-based voice mobility, covering every step in deploying multimodal voice mobility networks. Each segment of the entire voice mobility solution is described with an eye towards the inherent problems of high-scale mobility, from wired infrastructure to end device, across multiple networks and technologies.
Voice mobility is introduced and defined at a basic level before the book examines the high-level components of a scalable voice mobility solution. Chapters focus on several types of transport networks in greater depth, including voice quality metrics and testing, high-density enterprise Wi-Fi voice networks, cellular networks, and high-level networking technologies. The security of VoIP networks is also considered. The book explores standalone VoIP networks and finally provides an investigation of the current and upcoming set of fixed/mobile convergence approaches.
This book is an invaluable guide for anyone looking towards voice mobility as a solution to real-world business problems: IT managers and executives looking to understand the potential for converting offices to all-wireless; network designers and architects planning on rolling out a fully-mobile voice network; and administrators operating or troubleshooting voice mobility networks.
- Provides practical advice on breaking down the implementation and deployment of voice mobility networks within the office, across the campus, and on the road.
- Offers a complete primer on enterprise-grade Wi-Fi networking for voice mobility at scale, whether as a single-mode or dual-mode network, including information on the newest 802.11n standard and how these standards directly impact voice mobility.
- Includes methods of integrating existing or new VoIP networks with 3G+, CDMA 2000, WCDMA, HSPA, and WiMAX cellular networks using fixed/mobile convergence (FMC)."
Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks: A Practical Guide to Implementing 802.11n and 802.11ac Wireless Networks For Enterprise-Based Applications, 2nd Edition - Geier(2015):
"This is Cisco's comprehensive practical guide to planning, designing, installing, testing, and supporting both 802.11ac and 802.11n wireless networks for enterprise-based applications. Fully updated for the new 802.11ac standard, this Second Edition delivers expert hands-on guidance for mastering 802.11ac's fundamentally different design, site survey, implementation, and network configuration techniques.
Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks, Second Edition presents multiple examples using Cisco wireless products, while offering methodologies and tips that are applicable with any vendor's equipment. The authors offer in-depth coverage of building new wireless networks and migrating existing wireless networks (802.11a,b,g,n) to 802.11ac.
After introducing fundamental wireless and 802.11 concepts, the authors present fully-updated coverage of all aspects of network design: requirements, architecture, performance, roaming, RF considerations, security, and much more. Drawing on extensive field experience, they walk through installation and testing, and share comprehensive operational guidance for managing security, troubleshooting roaming and connections, and training support staff.
This edition's revamped coverage ranges from new site survey methods to best practices for WPA authentication configuration; advanced design guidelines for city-wide deployments to the latest Cisco equipment. Simply put, you'll find all you need to succeed with your next wireless project -- in any environment, no matter how challenging."
Wireless OFDM Systems: How to make them work? (The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science) - Engels(2002):
"Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) experience a growing popularity recently. Where WLANs were primarily used for niche applications in the past, they are now deployed as wireless extensions to computer networks. The increase of the datarates from 2 Mbps up to 11 Mbps for roughly a constant price has played a major role in this breakthrough. As a consequence, an even greater success can be envisioned for the more recent OFDM-based WLAN standards in the 5 GHz band, which offer up to 54 Mbps. At IMEC we have realised this potential already several years ago and have established a successful research programme on OF- based WLAN. In 1995, we started our research on wireless OFDM in the frame of a - operation project with SAIT, a Belgian telecom company. The goal of the project was to establish a robust network for industrial environments. This resulted in a first OFDM chip, supporting QPSK, for wireless networking at the end of the project (1999). 1999 was also the start of an intense co-operation with National Semiconductor Inc., which resulted in a second generation ASIC in 2000. This OFDM processor supports up to QAM-64 and has a more optimal channel estimation algorithm."
CompTIA Mobility+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide - Rogers(2014):
"A new exam guide for the new certification on mobile computing technologies from CompTIA
Prepare for CompTIA Mobility+ exam MB0-001 with McGraw-Hill Professional―a Platinum-Level CompTIA Authorized Partner offering Authorized CompTIA Approved Quality Content to give you the competitive edge on exam day.
Get complete coverage of all objectives for CompTIA Mobility+ exam MB0-001 from this comprehensive resource. Written by an information security engineer, this authoritative guide fully addresses the skills and technologies required to successfully deploy, integrate, support, and mange a mobile environment. You'll find learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, practice exam questions, and in-depth explanations. Designed to help you pass this challenging exam, this definitive volume also serves as an essential on-the-job reference.
Covers all exam topics, including:
- Networking concepts and the OSI model
- Network infrastructure and technologies
- Radio frequency principles
- Cellular technologies
- Wi-Fi client technologies
- Planning for mobile devices
- Implementing mobile device infrastructure
- Mobile security risks
- Mobile security technologies
- Troubleshooting network issues
- Monitoring and troubleshooting mobile security
- Troubleshooting client issues"