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Mac DevCenter

Run with the Mac Pack!


Wireless Wonderland: OS X and Short-range Networks
Glenn Fleishman, Unsolicited Pundit

Track: Mac OS X Tutorials
Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 8:45am - 12:15pm
Location: Lafayette

Apple was an early proponent of wireless networking, urging the FCC a decade ago to free up space in the spectrum to allow innovative and consumer-friendly uses of radio data. AirPort was the first affordable consumer version of IEEE 802.11b, and Apple's Bluetooth technology preview for Mac OS X the first simple, practical, and working demonstration of cheap very short-range piconets.

Learn how to configure small and large networks of 802.11b devices, including heterogenous environments: Palms, PocketPCs, Windows boxes (all generations), Linux, Unix, Mac OS 9, and, of course, Mac OS X.

Find out how 802.11a, b, and g interrelate, which is appropriate for given networks, and how to make sense of security, quality of service, ander other IEEE proposals.

Understand the weaknesses in current generation wireless encryption, and the simple, built-in options in OS X 10.1 and Jaguar for creating secure connections, including ssh tunneling and Authenticated SMTP.

Work with Bluetooth for small collaboration networks, synchronization, and cell data capability. Although Bluetooth is simple, the initial setup requires lots of individual pieces of knowledge. Learn about Bluetooth's security model, and how to manage networks with opportunistic Bluetooth devices.

Take a gander at exciting Wi-Fi and Bluetooth equipment, including a Wi-Fi phone, Wi-Fi bridges, Bluetooth cards, and combination Bluetooth/Wi-Fi base stations, as well as dual radio 802.11a/b/g access points.

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