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Overview

This is the first guide to wireless technology with the pedagogical breadth, depth, and discipline needed to help both professionals and students master the entire field. Legendary networking author William Stallings presents thorough, up-to-date introductions to every key aspect of wireless communications and networking: technology, architecture, types of wireless networks, design approaches, applications, standards, and more.Stallings begins with the fundamentals of data transmission: signals, channels, analog and digital data transmission, and multiplexing, circuit-switched and packet-switched networks, and the role of protocols such as TCP/IP. With these basics understood, he moves on to the unique components and technologies of wireless networks. The book includes detailed chapters on antennas and propagation; signal encoding techniques; spread spectrum; coding; and error control. Stallings offers in-depth coverage of satellite-based wireless networks; analog, TDMA, CDMA, and 3G cellular; cordless systems; Wireless Local Loop; Mobile IP; and WAP. The book also contains a full section of wireless LANs, including in-depth coverage of IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth standards. William Stallings' accompanying Web site includes extensive bonus resources, including PDF transparency masters, PowerPoint slides, and book updates.For all students and professionals in the fields of information technology, networking, and data communications — including current and future network designers, implementers, administrators, managers, and customers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130408648
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

William Stallings has made unique contributions to understanding the broad sweep of technical progress in networking and computer architecture. He has authored 41 books on these topics, including Data and Computer Communications, Sixth Edition (Prentice Hall), the standard in the field. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has been a technical contributor, technical manager, and executive; and currently, an independent consultant working with leading manufacturers, customers, software developers, and research institutions worldwide.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1: Introduction
I: Technical Background
2: Transmission Fundamentals
3: Communication Networks
4: Protocols and the TCP/IP Suite
II: Wireless Communication Technology
5: Antennas and Propagation
6: Signal Encoding Techniques
7: Spread Spectrum
8: Coding and Error Control
III: Wireless Networking
9: Satellite Communications
10: Cellular Transmission Principles
11: Cordless Systems and Wireless Local Loop
12: Mobile IP and Wireless Access Protocol
IV: Wireless LANS
13: Wireless LAN Technology
14: IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard
15: Bluetooth
Appendix A: Standards and Standard-Setting Organizations
Appendix B: Traffic Analysis
Appendix C: Fourier Analysis
Appendix D: Data link Control Protocols
Glossary
References
List of Acronyms
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Preface

Objectives

Wireless technology has become the most exciting area in telecommunications and networking. The rapid growth of mobile telephone use, various satellite services, and now the wireless Internet are generating tremendous changes in telecommunications and networking. This book explores the key topics in the field in the following general categories:

  • Technology and architecture: There is a small collection of ingredients that serves to characterize and differentiate wireless communication and networking, including frequency band, signal encoding technique, error correction technique, and network architecture.
  • Network type: This book covers the important types of wireless networks, including satellite, cellular, fixed wireless access, and wireless LANs.
  • Design approaches: The book examines alternative design choices and assesses their relative merits.
  • Applications: A number of key technologies and applications have been developed on top of wireless infrastructures, especially mobile IP and wireless Web access.

The book includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography. Each chapter includes problems, suggestions for further reading, and a list of relevant Web sites. Each chapter also includes, for review, a list of key words and a number of review questions.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on both technology and on standards. The book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding specific wireless standards, such as those promulgated by ITU and IEEE 802, as well as standards developed by other organizations. Thisemphasis reflects the importance of such standards in defining the available products and future research directions in this field.

Intended Audience

This book is intended for a broad range of readers who will benefit from an understanding of wireless communications and networks, and the associated technologies. This includes students and professionals in the fields of data processing and data communications, designers and implementers, and data communication and networking customers and managers. The book is designed to be self-contained. For the reader with little or no background in data communications, Part One and the appendices cover a number of basic topics.

Internet Services for Instructors and Students

There is a Web site for this book that provides support for students and instructors. The site includes links to other relevant sites, transparency masters of figures and tables in the book in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, and sign-up information for the book's Internet mailing list. The Web page is at WilliamStallings.com/Wireless1e.html; see Section 1.7 for more information. An Internet mailing list has been set up so that instructors using this book can exchange information, suggestions, and questions with each other and with the author. As soon as typos or other errors are discovered, an errata list for this book will be available at WilliamStallings.com.

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