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Implementing 802.11, 802.16, and 802.20 Wireless Networks - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750678087, 9780080478432

Implementing 802.11, 802.16, and 802.20 Wireless Networks

1st Edition

Planning, Troubleshooting, and Operations

Author: Ron Olexa
Paperback ISBN: 9780750678087
eBook ISBN: 9780080478432
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 16th July 2004
Page Count: 256
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This is not another book about installing a home or “hobby” Wi-Fi system. Instead, this book shows you how to plan, design, install, and operate WLAN systems in businesses, institutions, and public settings such as libraries and hotels. In other words, this book is packed with serious information for serious professionals responsible for implementing robust, high performance WLANs covering areas as small as a coffee shop or as large as entire communities.

Ron Olexa provides a solid foundation in RF/wireless theory as it applies to WLANs. His detailed, thorough coverage of propagation at GHz frequencies helps you understand the mysteries of WLAN coverage (such as how it can change from season to season due to foliage). You’ll also learn about antenna radiation patterns and gain so you can design you WLAN to have the coverage you need without causing interference to (or suffering interference from) other WLANs.

Key Features

  • Covers the widely used 802.11 family, as well as the new 802.16 and 802.20 standards
  • Focuses on big commercial network implementations, such as in public buildings and businesses
  • Author has over 25 years of experience with cellular systems and wireless networks


RF/wireless design and applications engineers; networking engineers. Electronics engineering students.

Table of Contents

What’s on the Companion website?
1. High-Speed Wireless Data: System Types, Standards-Based and Proprietary Solutions
a. Fixed Networks
b. Nomadic Networks
c. Mobile Networks
d. Standards-Based Solutions and Proprietary Solutions
e. Overview of the IEEE 802.11 Standard
f. Overview of the IEEE 802.16 Standard
g. 10-66 GHz Technical Standards
h. 2-11 GHz Standards
i. Overview of the IEEE 802.20 Standard
j. Proprietary Solutions
2. Basic Radio and RF Concepts
a. RF Energy
b. RF Generation and Transmission
c. Oscillator
d. Power Amplifiers
e. Antennas and Feedlines
f. RF Reception
g. Modulation of RF Signals
h. Amplitude Modulation
i. Frequency Modulation
j. Complex Modulation
k. Duplexing
l. Frequency Division Duplexing
m. Time Division Duplexing
n. Multiple Access Techniques
o. Spread-Spectrum Modulation
q. Ultra Wideband
3. Propagation, Path Loss, Fading and Link Budgets
a. Path Loss and System Coverage
b. Frequency Reuse
4. Propagation Modeling and Measuring
a. Predictive Modeling Tools
b. Spreadsheet Models
c. Terrain-Based Models
d. Effectively Using a Propagation Analysis Program
e. Using a Predictive Model
f. The Comprehensive Site Survey Process
g. Survey Activity Outline
h. Identification of Requirements
i. Identification of Equipment Requirements
j. The Physical Site Survey
k. Determination of Antenna Locations
l. RF Site Survey Tools
m. The Site Survey Checklist
n. The RF Survey
o. Data Analysis
5. System Planning
a. System Design Overview
b. Location and Real Estate Considerations
c. System Selection Based Upon User Needs
d. Identification of Equipment Requirements
e. Identification of Equipment Locations
f. Channel Allocation, Signal-to-Interference, and Reuse Planning
g. Network Interconnect and Point-to-Point Radio Solutions
h. Costs
i. The Five Cs of System Planning
6. System Implementation, Testing and Optimization
a. Real-World Design Examples
b. Example One: Local Coffee House
c. Example Two: Office LAN Deployment
d. 2.4 GHz RF Coverage Results
e. 5.6 GHz RF Coverage Results
f. Capacity Requirements
g. System Design Analysis
h. NEC, Fire, and Safety Code Concerns
i. Example Three: Community WISP
j. Community: A Garden Style Apartment Complex
k. RF Considerations
l. Backhaul
m. Weatherproofing
n. Grounding and Lightning Protection
o. Community: A Small Area Subdivision
p. Equipment Selection
q. System Planning
r. Community: An Urban or Suburban Area Serving Business Users
s. Spectrum Issues
t. Design Considerations
u. Community: A Small Town System for Consumer and Business Users
v. Summary
w. Example Four: Mobile Broadband Network
x. Initial Modeling
y. Preliminary Information
z. Coverage Modeling
aa. Capacity Modeling
bb. Cost Modeling
cc. Designing in the Real World
dd. Chapter Summary
7. Back Office System Requirements
a. Network Systems Required
b. Customer Authorization System
c. Billing Data Collection
d. Network Monitoring and Control
e. Billing System
f. Trouble Ticketing
g. Customer Service Systems
h. Design Considerations and Requirements
8. Network Performance Testing and Troubleshooting
a. Low RSSI and Noise Levels in a Single Area
b. High Noise or Interference Levels
c. Throughput Problems Unrelated to Signal or Noise
d. Repeater Mode
e. Multiple Channel Reuse in a Close Area
f. Near/Far Problems
g. Hidden Node Problems
h. Client Car “Roam”
i. Viruses and Trojans
j. Troubleshooting Summary
About the Author
List of Acronyms


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About the Author

Ron Olexa

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, RF Networks, Gainesville, GA, USA


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“Here is the definitive guide to implementing professional-level WLANs.” – SCTE, Dec 2005

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