How Wireless Works (Second Edition) / Edition 2

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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
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 259
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Preston Gralla is the award-winning author of more than 30 books, including How the Internet Works, Windows XP in a Snap, the Complete Idiot's Guide to Internet Privacy and Security, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying a PC, How to Expand and Upgrade PCs, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Shopping. He has written about computer technology and the Internet and has been a columnist for many magazines, Web sites and newspapers.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Welcome to the world of wireless 6
Ch. 2 What is the electromagnetic spectrum? 12
Ch. 3 How a basic wireless system works 20
Ch. 4 How amplitude modulation (AM) and frequency modulation (FM) work 24
Ch. 5 How data rides on wireless waves 30
Ch. 6 How antennas, transmitters, and receivers work 36
Ch. 7 How radio broadcasting works 48
Ch. 8 How television broadcasting works 56
Ch. 9 How cellular networks, cells, and base stations work 68
Ch. 10 How cellular telephones work 80
Ch. 11 How wireless 3G works 96
Ch. 12 How pagers work 100
Ch. 13 How walkie-talkies and family radio service (FRS) work 108
Ch. 14 How WiFi works 116
Ch. 15 How corporate WiFi networks work 122
Ch. 16 How home wireless network works 126
Ch. 17 How hot spots work 134
Ch. 18 How WiFi security works 142
Ch. 19 How Bluetooth works 148
Ch. 20 Understanding the Internet 156
Ch. 21 How cell phones access the Internet 166
Ch. 22 How XML and voice XML deliver Internet data 176
Ch. 23 How i-mode works 182
Ch. 24 PCs and wireless technology 186
Ch. 25 How wireless palmtops work 192
Ch. 26 How BlackBerries work 198
Ch. 27 How radio frequency identification (RFID) works 206
Ch. 28 How mCommerce and corporate wireless access works 210
Ch. 29 Privacy and security in a wireless world 216
Ch. 30 Wireless use in satellites and space 228
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