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 ‘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.

Key Features

· Explore in detail wireless networking technologies and understand the concepts behind RF propagation. · Gain the knowledge and skills required to install, use and troubleshoot wireless networks. · Learn how to address the problems involved in implementing a wireless network, including the impact of signal propagation on operating range, equipment inter-operability problems and many more. · Maximise the efficiency and security of your wireless network.


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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Wireless Networking Development of Wireless Networking The Diversity of Wireless Networking Technologies Organisation of the Book PART I: Wireless Network Architecture Introduction Chapter 2: Wireless Network Logical Architecture The OSI Network Model Network Layer Technologies Data Link Layer Technologies Physical Layer Technologies Operating System Considerations Summary Chapter 3: Wireless Network Physical Architecture Wired Network Topologies – A Refresher Wireless Network Topologies Wireless LAN Devices Wireless PAN Devices Wireless MAN Devices Summary of Part I PART II: Wireless Communication Introduction Chapter 4: Radio Communication Basics The RF Spectrum Spread Spectrum Transmission Wireless Multiplexing and Multiple Access Techniques Digital Modulation Technique RF Signal Propagation and Reception Ultra Wideband Radio MIMO Radio Near Field Communications Chapter 5: Infrared Communication Basics The Ir Spectrum Infrared Propagation and Reception Summary of Part II PART III: Wireless LAN Implementation Introduction Chapter 6: Wireless LAN Standards The 802.11 WLAN Standards The 802.11 MAC Layer 802.11 PHY Layer 802.11 Enhancements Other WLAN Standards Summary


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About the author

Steve Rackley

Stephen A. Rackley holds a Doctorate in Experimental Physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He has worked for 26 years in the energy industry, with experience in some of the main technologies that are key to the currently most mature CO2 storage option - identification, assessment, monitoring and verification of sub-surface storage in the geo-sphere. More recently, his focus is on bringing significant new and evolving technologies to an advanced level (but non-specialist) student, engineering and project management audience.

Affiliations and Expertise

Independent Consultant