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Wireless Networks first-step

Book Description

Your First-Step into the World of Wireless Networks

  • No experience required!

  • Gain an understanding of wireless networking basics with this reader friendly guide

  • The first book anyone should read about wireless networks with step-by-step instruction

  • Learn from an author experienced in and known for writing to a generalist wireless audience with a clear, simple-to-understand style

  • As a basic introduction to wireless networking, Wireless Networks First-Step assumes that readers have no previous wireless experience. The book provides an overview of wireless networking, along with details of applicable standards and technologies. Newcomers to wireless technologies will find practical information along with an abundance of examples. Case studies throughout the chapters provide real-world implementation examples, presented in a non-technical fashion. Implementation details are discussed only to the extent that readers can identify what type of wireless network may be appropriate for their needs.

    Wireless Networks First-Step, written by Jim Geier, begins with a basic introduction to wireless networks and an explanation of radio wave communications. It then reviews different types of wireless networks including WPANs (wireless personal area networks), WLANs (wireless local area networks), wireless MANs (metropolitan area networks), and WWANs (wireless wide area networks). The final section covers security threats to wireless networks, and solutions to combat these threats.


    Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. About the Author
    3. About the Technical Reviewers
    4. Acknowledgments
    5. Introduction
    6. The Wireless World: An Introduction to Concepts
      1. Wireless Networks Defined
      2. Wireless Network Applications
      3. Wireless Network Benefits
      4. Chapter Summary
      5. Chapter Review Questions
    7. Wireless System Architecture: How Wireless Works
      1. Wireless Network System Components
      2. Network Architecture
      3. Information Signals
      4. Flow of Information Through a Wireless Network
      5. Chapter Summary
      6. Chapter Review Questions
    8. Radio Frequency and Light Signal Fundamentals: The Invisible Medium
      1. Wireless Transceivers
      2. Understanding RF Signals
      3. Understanding Light Signals
      4. Modulation: Preparing Signals for Propagation
      5. Chapter Summary
      6. Chapter Review Questions
    9. Wireless PANs: Networks for Small Places
      1. Wireless PAN Components
      2. Wireless PAN Systems
      3. Wireless PAN Technologies
      4. Chapter Summary
      5. Chapter Review Questions
    10. Wireless LANs: Networks for Buildings and Campuses
      1. Wireless LAN Components
      2. Wireless LAN Systems
      3. Wireless LAN Technologies
      4. Chapter Summary
      5. Chapter Review Questions
    11. Wireless MANs: Networks for Connecting Buildings and Remote Areas
      1. Wireless MAN Components
      2. Wireless MAN Systems
      3. Wireless MAN Technologies
      4. Chapter Summary
      5. Chapter Review Questions
    12. Wireless WANs: Networks for Worldwide Connections
      1. Wireless WAN Components
      2. Wireless WAN Systems
      3. Wireless WAN Technologies
      4. Chapter Summary
      5. Chapter Review Questions
    13. Wireless Network Security: Protecting Information Resources
      1. Security Threats
      2. Encryption
      3. Authentication
      4. Security Policies
      5. Chapter Summary
      6. Chapter Review Questions
    14. Answers to Chapter Review Questions
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
    15. Glossary
    16. Index