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The definitive guide to performing wireless network site surveys, selecting the right wireless equipment, and installing 802.11 wireless LANs

  • Prepare for a WLAN installation with this definitive guide
  • Perform a proper site survey to ensure the maximum performance of your 802.11 WLAN
  • Compare and choose the right WLAN technologies to match application and users needs
  • Install WLAN products properly taking the unique needs of the users and environment into account

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:

  • The architecture of the access points, cable routes, and electrical needs
  • The proper site survey technique and usage of appropriate utilities
  • The structural and installation obstacles, including building construction, transmission coverage area, building contents, present cable configuration, area regulations, and building codes
  • The documentation that outlines the necessary parts and equipment, and diagrams exhibiting the proper placement of the equipment

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587051647
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/2004
  • Series: Networking Technology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Alexander is the technical marketing manager for the Cisco Systems Wireless Networking Business Unit. Bruce joined Cisco Systems when it acquired Aironet Wireless Communication, where Bruce was the director of technical support. At Aironet Wireless Communication, Bruce provided field support, and field and partner training. Bruce has been in the RF technology area for more than 30 years and has worked in RF WLAN technology during the past 18 years. Bruce attended Akron University, where he majored in computer programming and business administration.

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Table of Contents

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
Pt. IV Appendixes 337
App. A WLAN product references 339
App. B Antenna radiation patterns 347
App. C Alternative antennas 365
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    Good Reference Book

    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.

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