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Designing A Wireless Network

Business is on the move - mobile computing must keep up!Innovative technology is making the communication between computers a cordless affair. Mobile computing with laptops, hand helds and mobile phones is increasing the demand for reliable and secure wireless networks. Network engineers and consultants need to create and build cutting-edge wireless networks in both the small business and multi-million dollar corporations.Designing Wireless Networks provides the necessary information on how to design and implement a wireless network. Beginning with detailed descriptions of the various implementations and architectures of wireless technologies and moving to the step-by-step instructions on how to install and deploy a fixed wireless network; this book will teach users with no previous wireless networking experience how to design and build their own wireless network based on the best practices of the Enhanced Services from Lucent Technologies.

Paperback, 608 Pages

Published: July 2001

Imprint: Syngress

ISBN: 978-1-928994-45-9

Contents


  • Foreword

    Chapter 1 Introduction to Wireless: From Past to Present

    Introduction

    Exploring Past Discoveries That Led to Wireless

    Discovering Electromagnetism

    Exploring Conduction

    Inventing the Radio

    Mounting Radio-Telephones in Cars

    Inventing Computers and Networks

    Inventing Cell Phones

    Exploring Present Applications for Wireless

    Applying Wireless Technology to Vertical Markets

    Applying Wireless Technology to Horizontal Applications

    Exploring This Book on Wireless

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 2 Radio Elements and Frequency Spectrums

    Introduction

    Transmitting Radio Signals Over EM Waves

    Anatomy of a Waveform

    Propagating a Strong Radio Signal

    Understanding Signal Power and Signal-to-Noise Ratio

    Attenuation

    Rain Attenuation

    Bouncing

    Refracting

    Line of Sight

    Penetration

    Understanding the Wireless Elements

    Generic Radio Components

    Antennas

    Base Stations and Mobile Stations

    Access Points

    Channelizing the Frequency Spectrum

    Channelizing

    Extending the Number of Channels (Frequency Reuse)

    Regulating Wireless Communications

    Regulatory Agencies

    Regulations for Low Power, Unlicensed Transmitters

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 3 TCP/IP and the OSI Model

    Introduction

    Exploring the OSI and DoD Models

    Layer 1:The Physical Layer

    Layer 2:The Data-Link Layer

    Layer 3:The Network Layer

    Layer 4:The Transport Layer

    Layer 5:The Session Layer

    Layer 6:The Presentation Layer

    Layer 7:The Application Layer

    OSI and DoD Correlation

    Understanding the Network Access Layer

    Using Bridging

    The Ethernet Protocol

    Wireless Protocols

    Other Network Access Protocols

    Understanding the Internet Layer

    The Internet Protocol

    The Internet Control Message Protocol

    Understanding the Host-to-Host Layer

    User Datagram Protocol

    Transmission Control Protocol

    Managing the Application Layer

    Monitoring Tools: SNMP

    Assigning Addresses with DHCP

    Conserving with Network Address Translation

    Summary

    Solution Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 4 Identifying Evolving Wireless Technologies and Standards

    Introduction

    Fixed Wireless Technologies

    Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service

    Local Multipoint Distribution Services

    Wireless Local Loop

    Point-to-Point Microwave

    Wireless Local Area Networks

    Why the Need for a Wireless LAN Standard?

    Developing WLANs through the 802.11 Architecture

    The Basic Service Set

    The Extended Service Set

    The CSMA-CA Mechanism

    Configuring Fragmentation

    Using Power Management Options

    Multicell Roaming

    Security in the WLAN

    Developing WPANs through the 802.15 Architecture

    Bluetooth

    HomeRF

    High Performance Radio LAN

    Mobile Wireless Technologies

    First Generation Technologies

    Second Generation Technologies

    2.5G Technology

    Third Generation Technologies

    Wireless Application Protocol

    Global System for Mobile Communications

    General Packet Radio Service

    Short Message Service

    Optical Wireless Technologies

    Summary 157

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 5 Designing a Wireless Network

    Introduction

    Exploring the Design Process

    Conducting the Preliminary Investigation

    Performing Analysis of the Existing Environment

    Creating a Preliminary Design

    Finalizing the Detailed Design

    Executing the Implementation

    Capturing the Documentation

    Identifying the Design Methodology

    Creating the Network Planxviii Contents

    Developing the Network Architecture

    Formalizing the Detailed Design Phase

    Understanding Wireless Network Attributes from a Design Perspective

    Application Support

    Physical Landscape

    Network Topology

    Network Security

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 6 Designing a Wireless Enterprise Network: Hospital Case Study

    Introduction

    Applying Wireless in an Enterprise Network

    Introducing the Enterprise Case Study

    Assessing the Opportunity

    Evaluating Network Requirements

    Assessing the Satellite Buildings’ Physical Landscape

    Evaluating the Outside Physical Landscape

    Evaluating the Current Network

    Evaluating the Hospital Conference Room Networking Landscape

    Designing a Wireless Solution

    Project 1: Providing Satellite Building Access

    Project 2: Providing Wireless Technology to the Conference Rooms

    Project 3: Providing Building-to-Building Connectivity

    Describing the Detailed Design of the Building Links

    Implementing and Testing the Wireless Solution

    Project 1: Implementing the Satellite Building LAN Access

    Project 2: Implementing the Hospital Conference Room

    Project 3: Implementing the Building-to-Building Connectivity

    Reviewing the Hospital’s Objectives

    Lessons Learned

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 7 Designing a Wireless Industrial Network: Retail Case Study

    Introduction

    Applying Wireless Technology in an Industrial Network

    Introducing the Industrial Case Study

    Assessing the Opportunity

    Defining the Scope of the Case Study

    Reviewing the Current Situation

    Designing and Implementing the Wireless Network

    Creating the High-Level Design

    Creating a Detailed Design

    Determining User Density

    Planning the Equipment Placement

    Determining Where to Place the Access Points

    Implementing the Wireless Network

    Installing the Wireless Components

    Lessons Learned

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 8 Designing a Wireless Campus Network: University Case Study

    Introduction

    Applying Wireless Technology in a Campus Network

    Introducing the Campus Case Study

    Assessing the Opportunity

    Defining the Scope of the Case Study

    Designing the Wireless Campus Network

    The Design Approach

    Determining the Functional Design Requirements

    Constraints and Assumptions

    Planning the Equipment Placement: Detailed Design Requirements

    Implementing the Wireless Campus Network

    Implementing the Physical Deployment

    Implementing the Logical Deployment

    Lessons Learned

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Chapter 9 Designing a Wireless Home Network: Home Office Case Study

    Introduction

    Advantages of a Home Network

    Advantages of a Wireless Home Network

    Introducing the Wireless Home Network Case Study

    Assessing the Opportunity

    Defining the Scope of the Case Study

    Designing the Wireless Home Network

    Determining the Functional Requirements

    Creating a Site Survey of the Home

    Developing a Preliminary Design

    Developing a Detailed Design

    Implementing the Wireless Home Network

    Assembling the Network Components

    Determining Broadband Configuration

    Installing the Hardware

    Installing and Configuring the Software

    Testing the Network

    Designing a Wireless Home Network for Data, Voice, and Beyond

    Current State of the Home Wireless Marketplace

    A Proposed Solution for the Future

    Lessons Learned

    Summary

    Solutions Fast Track

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Designing a Wireless Network Fast Track

    Index


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