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Wireless Networking

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IEEE 802.11b Wireless Networking Overview
An overview of Wireless Networking from Microsoft. Source: Microsoft TechNet (March 2002)

IEEE Wireless Standards Zone
This page contains links to information on IEEE wireless standards, including IEEE 802.11. Source:

Wireless Standards: A vs. B vs. G
A quick reference table from Linksys

Wireless LANs (WLANs): Focus on 802.11b
802.11b, the most commonly used specification in WLANs, uses frequencies in the 2.4GHz band and employs direct sequence spread spectrum technology. Source: CommWeb

Wireless Overview
This article gives a brief overview of the past, present, and future of Wireless. Source: IT Toolbox

Advancing Wireless LAN Security
An intriguing solution surfaces for both the ©WEP Key Problem? and the presence of rogue access points. Source: CommWeb (Aug 2002)

Windows XP Wireless Deployment Technology and Component Overview
This article explains the elements of wireless LANs, the processes of connection, authentication, and encryption, and the components of secure wireless LANs that are provided with Windows XP and the Windows 2000 Server family. Source:

Wireless LAN Technologies and Windows XP
This article describes wireless local area network (LAN) technologies being deployed today, including wireless LAN topologies and the challenges associated with deploying a wireless LAN. Source:

Troubleshooting Windows XP IEEE 802.11 Wireless Access
This article describes the tools used to troubleshoot a Windows XP wireless client, a wireless access point (AP), and Internet Authentication Service (IAS) and how each tool is used to gather troubleshooting information. Source:

Useful Articles
Avoiding Wi-Fi surprises
Enterprise firms won't invest in 802.11g  products before the standard is ratified this summer. But small offices/home offices and consumers are buying products by the bucket load. Most vendors say prestandard gear will require only a firmware upgrade to interoperate with products built using the final specification. But there's no way to know for sure until the standard is ratified and interoperability is tested. Until then, here's what you need to know to make smart buying decisions today. Source: NetworkWorldFusion

Description of the Wireless LAN Route Table Metric Behavior 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 315088 - After you install a wireless network adapter in a computer that already has a physical local area network (LAN) connection, the default gateway route for the wireless LAN (if the system is configured to have one) may have a higher metric than the physical LAN default gateway. For example, the physical LAN default gateway metric may be 20, but the wireless LAN default gateway may be 30.

Making IEEE 802.11 Networks Enterprise-Ready
This paper discusses the requirements for RADIUS servers, wireless access points, and wireless network interface cards. It also explains some of the ways that Windows 2000 supports and enhances 802.11 wireless technologies. Source:

Microsoft Wireless LAN Deployment and Best Practices
This paper describes the history of the deployment of the wireless local area network (WLAN) of the Microsoft Corporation, the technologies used to provide secure wireless access, and its current configuration and infrastructure. This paper concludes with a list of WLAN deployment best practices. Source:

Recommendations for IEEE 802.11 Access Points
This page provides guidelines for making wireless technology manageable by creating wireless access points that support specific functionality and are configured in several ways. Source:

Microsoft Wireless LAN Deployment and Best Practices
This paper describes the history of the deployment of the wireless local area network (WLAN) of the Microsoft Corporation, the technologies used to provide secure wireless access, and its current configuration and infrastructure. This paper concludes with a list of WLAN deployment best practices. Source:

WLANs scale, just not easily
If you're thinking about rolling out a big WLAN, network professionals who have built them say, be prepared for a project that will rival, if not surpass, in complexity and detail any LAN you've built. This article chronicles lessons learned from some of the world's largest WLAN deployments including Microsoft, Cisco, and McGill University in Montreal.
Source: NetworkWorldFusion

How to Articles
Configuring Windows XP IEEE 802.11b Wireless Networks for the Home and Small Business
This paper describes how to configure computers running Windows XP to create a wireless network for a home or small business. Source:

HOW TO: Configure Active Directory Accounts and Groups for Wireless Access in Windows 2000
This step-by-step article describes how to configure both user accounts and computer accounts to support wireless access in a Windows 2000 domain

HOW TO: Support Wireless Connections in Windows 2000 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 318710 - This step-by-step article describes how to configure a Windows 2000 domain to support Microsoft Windows XP Professional-based client computers that are using IEEE 802.11 access with IEEE 802.1x authentication in a wireless network

Wireless Security

Securing 802.11 Wireless Networks
Learn how to set up a simple wireless network, then add security through Routing and Remote Access and PPTP or IPSec. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (May 2002)

Security and 802.11 Wireless Networks
Acknowledging the inherent security deficiencies of WLANs, the 802.11 committee adopted an encryption protocol called Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). Source: Network Magazine (June 2002)

Wireless 802.11 Security with Windows XP
This article discusses security issues with 802.11 wireless networks and shows how Windows XP can be used to make 802.11 wireless networks as secure as the 802.11 technology allows. Source:

Wireless LAN 802.11b Security FAQ
An excellent place to start! Written by Christopher W. Klaus of Internet Security Systems (ISS).

Wireless Network Security with IEEE 802.1X
This page provides a quick overview of Windows XP's support for IEEE 802.1X authentication for Wi-Fi and per-user or per-port access control. Source:

Wireless Networking and Security
An inherent lack of security makes today's wireless networking technology unsuitable for enterprise deployment©unless you take certain steps. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Oct 2002)

Wireless Security Blackpaper
This large view article covers the most pressing security concerns presented by 802.1X, looking them square in the eye and reporting back on what we should all know about wireless. But this isn't a tutorial on configuring a Linksys router. Nope, this is information that's ultimately geared for enterprise computing, aka juicy technical stuff. Source: ArsTechnica

Troubleshooting Articles
How to Troubleshoot Wireless Network Connections in Windows XP  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 313242 - Windows XP supports 802.11b wireless networking with the Wireless Zero Configuration service. With 802.11b wireless networking, you can enable easy configuration and switching between wireless networks. To use this support, you need a wireless network adapter that is compatible with Windows XP. 

Cannot Modify Dial-in Permissions for Computers That Use Wireless Networking 
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 306260 - When you run administrative tasks on a Windows 2000-based domain where computers use 802.1x wireless networking for secure network access, you may not be able to modify the dial-in permission for computer accounts. If this occurs, you cannot manage computer authentication at the Active Directory level

Some Wireless Values for the RADIUS Attributes Are Not Available
When you use wireless technology with Windows 2000, some of the following values for Acct-Terminate-Cause, NAS-Port-Type, and Tunnel-Type attributes are not in the dictionary: Values for RADIUS Attribute 49, Acct-Terminate-Cause [RFC 2866]

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