The intention of this guide is to discuss the implementation of a Public Wireless HotSpot as well as bring to light many of the issues with designing, building, and deploying a HotSpot. This guide is not intended to be a comprehensive guide for 802.11 wireless technologies, but will give a brief overview of the pertinent subjects. We will leave more thorough discussions of wireless technologies to the wide variety of available books on the subject.

It is assumed that the reader of this guide has working knowledge of both LAN and WAN technologies and has had “hands on” experience in designing, implementing and/or managing LANs. A familiarity with WAN technologies and their interfaces to LAN environments is also assumed.