How Wireless Works (Second Edition) / Edition 2

How Wireless Works (Second Edition) / Edition 2

by Preston Gralla, Eric Lindley
     
 

How Wireless Works, Second Edition continues in the How It Works series tradition by explaining every aspect of wireless communications, from the remote control on your coffee table to the most sophisticated wireless Internet networks. This book will provide you with a basic technical background on wireless technologies, including infrared,

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Overview

How Wireless Works, Second Edition continues in the How It Works series tradition by explaining every aspect of wireless communications, from the remote control on your coffee table to the most sophisticated wireless Internet networks. This book will provide you with a basic technical background on wireless technologies, including infrared, radio-frequency, WiFi, and RFID. You'll also go inside each technology's strengths and weaknesses, so that you'll know which technology is best suited to a particular application. In part, you will learn about:

  • How data rides on the wireless waves.
  • How radio and television broadcasting work.
  • How cellular networks, cells and base stations work.
  • How Wifi works at home and at the office.
  • Privacy and security in a wireless world.
Four-color illustrations will take you through the inner-workings of each individual wireless networking component and then show you how they all work together. If you're in the market to buy wireless equipment, this book will also help you figure out what is the best deal for your money as it will explain the differences between competing industry standards. If you have always wanted to know how wireless works, this is your book!

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789733443
Publisher:
Que
Publication date:
10/24/2005
Series:
How It Works Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Welcome to the world of wireless6
Ch. 2What is the electromagnetic spectrum?12
Ch. 3How a basic wireless system works20
Ch. 4How amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) work24
Ch. 5How data rides on wireless waves30
Ch. 6How antennas, transmitters, and receivers work36
Ch. 7How radio broadcasting works48
Ch. 8How television broadcasting works56
Ch. 9How cellular networks, cells, and base stations work68
Ch. 10How cellular telephones work80
Ch. 11How wireless 3G works96
Ch. 12How pagers work100
Ch. 13How walkie-talkies and family radio service (FRS) work108
Ch. 14How WiFi works116
Ch. 15How corporate WiFi networks work122
Ch. 16How home wireless network works126
Ch. 17How hot spots work134
Ch. 18How WiFi security works142
Ch. 19How Bluetooth works148
Ch. 20Understanding the Internet156
Ch. 21How cell phones access the Internet166
Ch. 22How XML and voice XML deliver Internet data176
Ch. 23How i-mode works182
Ch. 24PCs and wireless technology186
Ch. 25How wireless palmtops work192
Ch. 26How BlackBerries work198
Ch. 27How radio frequency identification (RFID) works206
Ch. 28How mCommerce and corporate wireless access works210
Ch. 29Privacy and security in a wireless world216
Ch. 30Wireless use in satellites and space228

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