RF Engineering for Wireless Networks

1st Edition

Hardware, Antennas, and Propagation

Print ISBN: 9780750678735
eBook ISBN: 9780080470474
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 22nd November 2004
Page Count: 448
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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!

Key Features

· The A-to-Z guide to wireless network engineering—covers everything from basic electromagnetic theory to modulation techniques to network planning and implementation!

· Engineering and design principles covered are applicable to any type of wireless network, including 802.11, 802.16, 802.20, and Bluetooth.

· Discusses state-of-the-art modulation techniques such as ultra wideband (UWB) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM).


WLAN designers, networking professionals, RF and wireless engineers, IT managers and professionals, electronics engineering students

Table of Contents

Instructions for online access

Chapter 1: Introduction

1. The Beauty of Wires, the Inevitability of Wireless

2. What You Need to Proceed

3. An Overview of What Is to Come

4. Acknowledgments

Further Reading

Chapter 2: Basics of Wireless Communications

1. Harmonic Signals and Exponentials

2. Electromagnetic Waves and Multiplexing

3. Modulation and Bandwidth

4. Wireless Link Overview: Systems, Power, Noise, and Link Budgets

5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 2

Further Reading

Chapter 3: Basics of Wireless Local Area Networks

1. Networks Large and Small

2. WLANs from LANs

3. 802.11 WLANs

4. HiperLAN and HiperLAN 2

5. From LANs to PANs

6. Capsule Summary: Chapter 3

7. Further Reading

Chapter 4: Radio Transmitters and Receivers

1. Overview of Radios

2. Radio Components

3. Radio System Design

4. Examples of Radio Chips and Chipsets

5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 4

6. Further Reading

Chapter 5: Antennas

1. Not Your Father’s E & M

2. Radiation: The Wireless Wire

3. The Ideal Dipole

4. Antenna Radiation Patterns

5. Antennas as Receivers

6. Survey of Common Antennas

7. Cables and Connectors

8. Capsule Summary: Chapter 5

Further Reading

Chapter 6: Propagation

1. Propagation in Free Space

2. Propagation in Earthbound Environments

3. Multipath Propagation: Fading and Delay

4. Statistical Modeling of Propagation

5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 6

6. Further Reading

Chapter 7: Indoor Networks

1. Behind Closed Doors

2. How Buildings Are Built (with W. Charles Perry, P.E.)

3. Microwave Properties of Building Materials

4. Realistic Metal Obstacles

5. Real Indoor Propagation

6. How Muc


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"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