Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier is organized into five main parts, as follows:
Part I, "Mobile Computing Quick Start," is a general introduction to the Intel Centrino mobile technology platform, wireless networking, Wi-Fi technology, and using Wi-Fi. If you want to know how to get your Centrino laptop up and running quickly with wireless technology, this part will get you there without delay.
Part II, "Getting the Most from Your Mobile Computer," tells you how to use software that is fun (and in some cases, very useful) to get more out of your laptop that uses Intel Centrino mobile technology. In this part, you'll learn how to become more productive with your Centrino laptop, take pictures with your laptop (if it is equipped with a camera) and transmit them over wireless, use your laptop as a telephone (with the right equipment), stream audio and video files over your wireless connection, play games, and more.
Part III, "Mobile Computing on the Road," shows you how to use your Centrino laptop on the road, explains the best road warrior tools to bring, teaches you how to find the best places to connect, and gives you tips on making the best deal with Wi-Fi service providers.
Part IV, "Your Own Wireless Network," explains everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask about successfully setting up and managing a wireless network in your home or small office.
Part V, "Securing Your Computer and Network," explains how to safely and securely deploy Wi-Fi on the road and at home.
Besides the 18 chapters in 5 parts in this book, I've also provided several appendixes that I think you'll find helpful:
Appendix A, "Wireless Standards," provides more details about the ins and outs of the 802.11 wireless standards.
Appendix B, "Where the Hotspots Are," shows you how to find public Wi-Fi hotspots and provides specific information (which is hard to find in one place) about Wi-Fi locations such as airports, hotels, and retail stores. If you travel with your Centrino laptop, you might find that this appendix alone is worth the price of the book!
Appendix C, "Intel Centrino Mobile Technology Platform," provides in-depth information about the components that make up Intel Centrino mobile technologyused in the bulk of laptops purchased today.
Appendix D is a glossary. Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier lies at the intersection of a number of technologieswireless broadcasting, networking, and personal computing. Each of these fields in its own right is replete with acronyms, jargon, and technical terminology. The glossary provided in Appendix D will help you hack your way through this morass of incomprehensible techno-babble and be your helpful companion through a benighted sea of obscurity.
Taken together, the 18 chapters and 4 appendixes in Anywhere Computing with Laptops: Making Mobile Easier provide all the information you need to successfully and happily use your Centrino laptop for mobile computing. In other words, this book is out to make mobile work for you.