RF Engineering for Wireless Networks

Hardware, Antennas, and Propagation


  • Daniel Dobkin, Manager, Technical Marketing, WJ Communications, San Jose, CA, USA

Finally, here is a single volume containing all of the engineering information needed to successfully design and implement any type of wireless network! Author Dan Dobkin covers every aspect of RF engineering necessary for wireless networks. He begins with a review of essential math and electromagnetic theory followed by thorough discussions of multiplexing, modulation types, bandwidth, link budgets, network concepts, radio system architectures, RF amplifiers, mixers and frequency conversion, filters, single-chip radio systems, antenna theory and designs, signal propagation, as well as planning and implementing wireless networks for both indoor and outdoor environments.

The appendices contain such vital data as U.S., European, and Japanese technical and regulatory standards for wireless networks, measurements in wireless networks, reflection and matching of transmission lines, determining power density, and much more. The accompanying companion website includes useful software tools such as a link budget calculator, a Smith Chart calculator and plotter, and radio chain analysis utilities. No matter what type of wireless network you design-Bluetooth, UWB, or even metropolitan area network (MAN)-this book is the one reference you can’t do without!
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WLAN designers, networking professionals, RF and wireless engineers, IT managers and professionals, electronics engineering students


Book information

  • Published: November 2004
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7873-5


"Listed as noteworthy book by Bill Schweber from EDN Magazine" - EDN Feb 2005 "A practical level, mostly nonmathematical introduction to wireless communication networks, including the following topics: basics of signals, waves, and communications; local area networks, radio transmitters and receivers, performance of indoor networks; outdoor networks." - IEEE Microwave Magazine, Dec 2005

Table of Contents

IntroductionBasics of Wireless CommunicationsBasics of Wireless Local Area NetworksRadio Transmitters and ReceiversAntennasPropagationIndoor NetworksOutdoor NetworksAfterwordAppendix 1: Regulatory IssuesAppendix 2: Measurement Appendix 3: Reflection and Appendix 4: The Lorentz GaugeAppendix 5: Power DensityAppendix 6: Conventional E & MAppendix 7: Table of Symbols Used in the TextIndex