Wireless Networking Technology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750667883, 9780080471402

Wireless Networking Technology

1st Edition

From Principles to Successful Implementation

Authors: Stephen A. Rackley
eBook ISBN: 9780080471402
Paperback ISBN: 9780750667883
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 2nd February 2007
Page Count: 416
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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

Chapter 7: Implementing Wireless LANs Evaluating Wireless LAN Requirements Planning and Designing the Wireless LAN Pilot Testing Installation and Configuration Operation and Support A Case Study: Voice over WLAN

Chapter 8: Wireless LAN Security The Hacking Threat WLAN Security WEP – Wired Equivalent Privacy Encryption Wi-Fi Protected Access – WPA IEEE 802.11i and WPA2 WLAN Security Measures Wireless 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 Standards Introduction Bluetooth (IEEE 802.15.1) Wireless USB ZigBee (IEEE 802.15.4) IrDA Near Field Communications Summary

Chapter 11: Implementing Wireless PANs Wireless PAN Technology Choices Pilot Testing Wireless PAN Security Summary of Part IV

PART V: Wireless MAN Implementation Introduction

Chapter 12: Wireless MAN Standards The 802.16 Wireless MAN Standards Other WMAN Standards Metropolitan Area Mesh Networks Summary

Chapter 13: Implementing Wireless MANs Technical Planning Business Planning Start-up Phase Operating Phase Summary of Part V

PART VI: The Future of Wireless Networking Technology Introduction

Chapter 14: Leading Edge Wireless Networking Technologies Wireless Mesh Network Routing Network Independent Roaming Gigabit Wireless LANs Cognitive Radio Summary of Part VI

PART VII: Wireless Networking Information Resources Introduction

Chapter 15: Further Sources of Information General Information Sources Wireless PAN Resources by Standard Wireless LAN Resources by Standard Wireless MAN Resources by Standard

Chapter 16: Glossary Networking and Wireless Networking Acronyms Networking and Wireless Networking Glossary

Subject Index


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About the Author

Stephen A. 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.

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