Guide to Developing Low-Cost Wireless Networks

There’s a new book out today. It’s called Wireless Networking in the Developing World, and it’s available for free downloads online. I’ve already snatched my copy.

Even though it was written with the intention of making wireless telecommunications infrastructure more readily accessible to developing nations by means of educating implementors, I’ve already found it to be a useful reference and excellent learning tool to get a strong grounding on the considerations of setting up any wireless network. It starts you off with a grounding in radio physics, and then quickly goes through the stages of network design: the physical network infrastructure and the logical collision domains. It even has good advice on how to secure the network you create.

This book will be useful for everyone who wants to build their own wireless network that is more complicated than a simple home router. I can also see this guide being extremely handy for those managing and planning community wireless “hotspots” since its focus is on low-cost, yet effective, infrastructure. With the U.S. severely lagging behind the rest of the developed world in terms of broadband internet access, community wireless projects can breathe new life into local economies just as effectively in America as they can overseas.

Books like this that make it easy for individuals and other organizations to inexpensively maintain wireless telecommunications infrastructure is a welcome addition to the fight for better Internet access across the globe.

2 replies on “Guide to Developing Low-Cost Wireless Networks”

  1. The “advantage” in being a part of the Developing World has to do with the lack of physical infrastructure. While in the 20th century America and Europe were criscrossed with cables, the Developing World just waited for the technology to afford them with the same options everyone else takes for granted. The US may lagging now, by not for too long. The world just got much smaller and much bigger at once. I think it’s wonderful.

  2. The US may lagging now, by not for too long.

    The only way the Unites States will be able to catch up with the rest of the developed world is if the government reverses some very silly policies and stops big corporations like Verizon and SBC from destroying municipal and community wireless projects, such as Wireless Philadelphia, which was almost crushed before it ever started. The Washington Monthly has a great article on this topic that gives a pretty good overview of the current situation.

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