Wireless Networking Technology

From Principles to Successful Implementation


  • Steve Rackley, Independent Consultant

As the demand for higher bandwidth has lead to the development of increasingly complex wireless technologies, an understanding of both wireless networking technologies and radio frequency (RF) principles is essential for implementing high performance and cost effective wireless networks.Wireless Networking Technology clearly explains the latest wireless technologies, covering all scales of wireless networking from personal (PAN) through local area (LAN) to metropolitan (MAN). Building on a comprehensive review of the underlying technologies, this practical guide contains β€˜how to’ implementation information, including a case study that looks at the specific requirements for a voice over wireless LAN application. This invaluable resource will give engineers and managers all the necessary knowledge to design, implement and operate high performance wireless networks.
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The IT/engineering professional who has the task of implementing or overseeing the implementation of wireless networks: IT managers specifying networks, engineers designing and deploying networks.


Book information

  • Published: February 2007
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-6788-3

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Networking Development of Wireless Networking The Diversity of Wireless Networking TechnologiesOrganisation of the Book PART I: Wireless Network ArchitectureIntroduction Chapter 2: Wireless Network Logical ArchitectureThe OSI Network Model Network Layer TechnologiesData Link Layer Technologies Physical Layer Technologies Operating System ConsiderationsSummaryChapter 3: Wireless Network Physical ArchitectureWired Network Topologies – A Refresher Wireless Network Topologies Wireless LAN DevicesWireless PAN Devices Wireless MAN Devices Summary of Part IPART II: Wireless Communication Introduction Chapter 4: Radio Communication BasicsThe RF SpectrumSpread Spectrum Transmission Wireless Multiplexing and Multiple Access TechniquesDigital Modulation TechniqueRF Signal Propagation and Reception Ultra Wideband Radio MIMO RadioNear Field Communications Chapter 5: Infrared Communication BasicsThe Ir Spectrum Infrared Propagation and Reception Summary of Part IIPART III: Wireless LAN Implementation Introduction Chapter 6: Wireless LAN StandardsThe 802.11 WLAN Standards The 802.11 MAC Layer802.11 PHY Layer 802.11 EnhancementsOther WLAN Standards Summary Chapter 7: Implementing Wireless LANsEvaluating Wireless LAN RequirementsPlanning and Designing the Wireless LANPilot TestingInstallation and Configuration Operation and Support A Case Study: Voice over WLAN Chapter 8: Wireless LAN SecurityThe Hacking Threat WLAN Security WEP – Wired Equivalent Privacy Encryption Wi-Fi Protected Access – WPA IEEE 802.11i and WPA2 WLAN Security MeasuresWireless Hotspot Security VoWLAN and VoIP Security Summary Chapter 9: Wireless LAN Troubleshooting Analysing Wireless LAN Problems Troubleshooting using WLAN Analysers Bluetooth Coexistence with 802.11 WLANs Summary of Part III PART IV: Wireless PAN Implementation Introduction Chapter 10: Wireless PAN StandardsIntroduction Bluetooth (IEEE 802.15.1)Wireless USB ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) IrDA Near Field CommunicationsSummary Chapter 11: Implementing Wireless PANsWireless PAN Technology Choices Pilot Testing Wireless PAN SecuritySummary of Part IV PART V: Wireless MAN Implementation IntroductionChapter 12: Wireless MAN Standards The 802.16 Wireless MAN Standards Other WMAN Standards Metropolitan Area Mesh Networks SummaryChapter 13: Implementing Wireless MANsTechnical PlanningBusiness PlanningStart-up Phase Operating Phase Summary of Part V PART VI: The Future of Wireless Networking TechnologyIntroductionChapter 14: Leading Edge Wireless Networking TechnologiesWireless Mesh Network Routing Network Independent Roaming Gigabit Wireless LANs Cognitive RadioSummary of Part VIPART VII: Wireless Networking Information ResourcesIntroduction Chapter 15: Further Sources of InformationGeneral Information Sources Wireless PAN Resources by StandardWireless LAN Resources by Standard Wireless MAN Resources by Standard Chapter 16: Glossary Networking and Wireless Networking Acronyms Networking and Wireless Networking GlossarySubject Index