Market forces have brought conventional wireless hardware down to unbelievably low prices in a very short time. At the time of this writing, the average 802.11g access point or wireless router costs less than $60, and prices continue to drop. These inexpensive devices are making it easier than ever for the average person to quickly set up their very own wireless network.
But what can you do with wireless hardware once you bring it home? As it turns out, quite a lot. You can replace the antennas and wireless cards to increase wireless transmission power, and build your own access point with off-the-shelf radio cards and hardware. In this chapter, you'll find all these hacks, as well as a number of hacks involving other types of wireless hardware.
Bluetooth, Mobile Phones, and GPS
Network Discovery and Monitoring
Wireless Network Design
Appendix A. Wireless Standards
Appendix B. Wireless Hardware Guide