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MASTER 802.11

Detailing the design and deployment of 802.11b networks in every flavor and size, this working handbook delivers the hands-on expertise you need- complete with illustrative case studies. From one-cell home systems to global provider networks, Wi-Fi Handbook provides the A-Z facts, details, tips, and strategies you need to handle the job.


This comprehensive Wi-Fi Handbook covers all current technologies, not just a single solution. You'll find it invaluable for:

  • Scaling up Wi-Fi networks
  • Solving vexing problems in regulatory, security, and economic areas
  • Comparing case studies to find solutions for specific applications

The Wi-Fi Handbook has the answers-plus loads of case studies providing close-ups of actual implementation environments. Look inside for details on-

  • Basic Wi-Fi architecture, from client cards and access points on up
  • Technical issues, from RF to WEP
  • Wi-Fi deployments in large buildings, campuses, and public spaces
  • 802.11b networks in healthcare settings, industry, and military installations
  • Upside and downside-both benefits and drawbacks
  • Wi-Fi and 3G applications
  • Fallacy of line-of-sight limitations
  • Great QoS, bandwidth, and security
  • Wi-Fi's future
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The Wi-Fi Handbook covers the technology, design, and implementation of Wireless Fidelity in a variety of unique business applications. This guide provides an abundance of experience to the reader in an organized and easy-to-read format. If you want to address the complexities of building 802.11b wireless networks in your own world, this is the book for you.

It starts out with a knowledgeable discussion of the 802.11b standard, providing a nice introduction to the subject and a chapter on how it works. Authors Frank Ohrtman and Konrad Roeder then address specific issues, such as range, security, and quality of service. They provide a close look at voice over 802.11. In Chapter 7, the authors tackle the many areas one must consider in building an 802.11 network. They go on to explain the economic aspects of wireless and the regulatory aspects of 802.11. The authors conclude with an outstanding discussion of the four major objections that have been made to the proposal to adopt 802.11 as a "last mile" solution (that is, access to a greater network) -- be it Internet or the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

A handbook as helpful as this doesn't come along every day. Packed with excellent information, it will prove an indispensable tool for the new wireless network installation that you've been envisioning for your enterprise! John Vacca

John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071412513
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/10/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 0.80 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 How Does 802.11 Work? 13
Ch. 3 Range Is Not an Issue 41
Ch. 4 Security and 802.11 61
Ch. 5 Interference and Quality of Service (QoS) on 802.11 Networks 105
Ch. 6 Voice over 802.11 157
Ch. 7 Considerations in Building 802.11 Networks 199
Ch. 8 Economic Aspects of Wi-Fi 267
Ch. 9 Regulatory Aspects of 802.11 307
Ch. 10 Conclusion 329
Index 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2003

    A Great Book for those who are Technologically Challenged

    I checked it out at the library to get a better understanding of the WiFi technologies and how they can be deployed. As a new marketing executive for a WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider), I found the information easy to comprehend with enough depth to allow a non-technical person like myself to actively participate in highly-technical meetings. I immediately added it to my Christmas wish list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    Always checked out at the library

    I recently bought this book after I borrowed it from my local library. I tried to find it a second time, and it's always checked-out in all four branches of our library system. The call number is OHR. Out of all the books, this is one that is the most packed with the real information you need to install an network - antenna theory, how to do site surveys, how networks connect together, how to do an as-built. The book also describes how to debunk and overcome the perceived barriers that keep people from using wireless - security, interference, regulatory issues... If I was to recommend one single book on to anyone, this would be the one. It definitely earns its five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    Great info, covers all the holes in theory books

    I just got the book recently knowing Konrad from a previous job. Konrad as a Systems Engineer had a clear and lucid way of explaining things. I expected much the same out of this book. I was really impressed. I love it. What's more gratifying was that I got both the technical and deployment / business aspects from this book, something that is usually lacking in other WiFi books. This single book turned out to be great value for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    802.11 Everything You Would Want to Know

    This is an outstanding book for any person that needs to understanding 802.11. My company is going to buy it for all sales people and support as the ABCs of 802.11.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2003

    This is a fantastic book if you really want to understand Wi-Fi !

    The Wi-Fi Handbook, by Frank Ohrtman and Konrad Roeder, is a great book for understanding not only the theory behind Wi-Fi, but also the practical aspects of implementing Wi-Fi networks. This is a well-rounded book for anyone who really needs to understand 802.11 networks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    This is THE book for the 802.11 implementer...

    This book does a fantastic job detailing how to design and deploy 802.11 networks. It covers everything from small networks in a home to large networks in schools, RF to networking. ...Applications from audio through video. This book is a must for a good 802.11 library or someone with networking knowledge interested in understanding wireless LAN.

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