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The definitive guide to performing wireless network site surveys, selecting the right wireless equipment, and installing 802.11 wireless LANs
Performing a wireless LAN (WLAN) site survey before installing a wireless network is the key to any successful WLAN deployment. Yet each location and company have unique needs that must be taken into account. 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation helps you understand the challenges associated with any site survey, including multipath mitigation, reflection, absorption, and radio wave interference, plus the added complexity of user and application demands. This book helps you identify obstacles to a successful deployment and guides your equipment decisions to ensure that your WLAN reaches its maximum potential. Use this complete guide to understand the following components of any thorough site survey:
802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation begins with an introduction to WLAN architectures and definitions and then moves on to site survey methodologies, helping you assess and address your site's specific needs. The book delves into the installation process for WLAN equipment, including the rules and regulations to which WLANs must adhere, various obstacles that arise when installing WLAN equipment, and ways to connect WLAN products to the wired network.
802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation is your complete guide to performing a WLAN site survey and successfully installing your 802.11 wireless network.
This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press¿ which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.
|Pt. I||Understanding the prerequisites of a site survey||1|
|Ch. 1||Defining a wireless network's protocols and components||3|
|Ch. 2||Understanding RF fundamentals||25|
|Ch. 3||Regulating the use of 802.11 WLANs||55|
|Ch. 4||WLAN applications and services||83|
|Ch. 5||Selecting the WLAN architecture and hardware||111|
|Pt. II||The site survey||141|
|Ch. 6||Preparing for a site survey||143|
|Ch. 7||Site surveying equipment||157|
|Ch. 8||Discovering site-specific requirements||177|
|Ch. 9||Discovering wired network requirements||191|
|Ch. 10||Discovering wired network requirements||217|
|Ch. 11||Performing a WLAN site survey||249|
|Pt. III||Installing WLAN components||283|
|Ch. 12||Installing WLAN products||285|
|Ch. 13||Preparing the proper documentation||303|
|Ch. 14||Outdoor bridge deployments||313|
|App. A||WLAN product references||339|
|App. B||Antenna radiation patterns||347|
|App. C||Alternative antennas||365|
Posted April 5, 2005
802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation ISBN: 1587051648 802.11 Wireless Network Site Surveying and Installation guide by Bruce Alexander is an excellent guide to implementing wireless networking. It covers the foundations of wireless communication and how it can benefit an organization. The book is broken down into the following five main sections: 1. UNDERSTANDING THE PREREQUISITES OF A SITE SURVEY This deals with defining how wireless works. The section goes deep and explains the history of wifi and how it works. It talks about the different standards and when to use each one. This section also explains the different wireless devices, antennas, and discusses signal strength. 2. THE SITE SURVEY This section primarily covers how do perform site surveys. It discusses about what needs to be done before one actually goes out to the site and what needs to be addressed once on site. This mainly covers identifying the requirements and selecting the location and hardware necessary to fulfill those requirements. A big part of this section describes the tools required to complete a wireless survey and how to analyze what comes out of the tools. 3. INSTALLING WLAN COMPONENTS This section is not what a network engineer would expect to see with a name like this. This has nothing to do with integrating wireless into the existing infrastructure. This mainly deals with facilities and how to physically install wireless equipment such as access points. It covers how to mount equipment safely and in the right locations. This book really dives into how wireless works on the physical level. It is a great addition to any library. If you are a network engineer looking for configuration examples and how to tie wireless into an existing infrastructure, this book is not going to help. Configuration examples and network diagrams would have been a great addition to this book. The author could of added another section to address these items. After going through the book again I realized that this is not what the author meant the book to cover. It is written to provide the necessary information for engineer to successfully get wireless networking built out at layer one. I would highly recommend this book as an addition to an engineer reference library. I will give you the warning that it is not a book that one can easily sit down and read cover to cover unless you are really into frequency wavelengths.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.