Wireless Communications & Networks

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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. An accompanying Web site includes PDF transparency masters, PowerPoint slides, and book updates. For all students and professionals in the fields of information technology, networking, and data communications -- including network designers, implementers, administrators, managers, and customers.

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Wireless Communications and Networks, by best-selling author William Stallings, covers both wireless communications and wireless networks in a comprehensive fashion. Designed for students and professionals, this text explores the key networking topics with a unique approach covering: technology and architecture, network design approaches, and types of networks and applications.

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  • Full treatment of cellular networks, including a discussion of cellular technology, plus a survey of first-, second-, and third-generation systems.
    • Cellular technology is perhaps the most important aspect of wireless communications and networking and also one of the most complex. Provides readers with a well-organized and thorough survey of this area.
  • Comprehensive treatment of spread spectrum.
    • Spread spectrum is pervasive in wireless technology and the author provides a thorough presentation.
  • Coverage of essential elements of antennas and propagation, including modes of transmission, propagation effects, and fading.
    • Readers need a basic foundation in the areas of antennas and propagation to understand the design issues for various wireless communication and networking schemes.
  • Full coverage of forward error correction techniques, including conventional codes and turbo coding.
    • FEC is an essential part of all wireless communications system and the author provides an accessible overview.

About 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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