Chapter 2. Radio Wave Fundamentals

This chapter will introduce you to:

Radio Wave Attributes

RF System Components

RF Signal Propagation

RF Mathematics

As the basis for understanding the installation, operation, and troubleshooting of wireless LANs (WLANs), it is important that you first have a good knowledge of how radio waves propagate through an environment. Every Wi-Fi deployment requires that the systems engineer understands the fundamentals of how radio waves move and react within the environment. For example, in a WLAN, radio waves carry information over the air from one point to another. Along the way, the waves encounter various obstacles, or obstructions that can impact range and performance, depending upon the characteristics ...

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