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Over the next year or two, thousands of network professionals, engineers, and consultants will be designing their first wireless networks -- everything from 802.11 wireless LANs to fixed wireless optical or microwave networks. They'll have a lot to learn: Wireless is a very different ball of wax. They should prepare now -- with Andy McCullough's Designing a Wireless Network.
McCullough, currently Chief Technical Architect at Lucent, has done design work for everyone from Worldcom to the London Stock Exchange. He's run his own ISP, holds Cisco certification -- the guy knows networks. He starts with the fundamentals of wireless: the basics of radio and spectrum allocation; the rules and regs (FCC et al); and how wireless fits with TCP/IP and the OSI model.
Next, you'll find a full chapter on 802.11 wireless LAN architecture; detailed guidance on antenna placement and RF utilization; and start-to-finish coverage of wireless LAN design.
Beyond 802.11, LMDS may eventually drive down the cost of delivering wireless data throughout buildings and campuses; MMDS may help service providers avoid expensive "last mile" connections to local telcos. McCullough covers both, concluding with practical guidance on designing fixed wireless networks using these and other technologies.(Bill Camarda)
--Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey-based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000