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Focusing on the physical layer, Networking Fundamentalsprovides essential information on networking technologies that areused in both wired and wireless networks designed for local areanetworks (LANs) and wide-area networks (WANs). The book starts withan overview of telecommunications followed by four parts, eachincluding several chapters. Part I explains the principles ofdesign and analysis of information networks at the lowest layers.It concentrates on the characteristics of the transmission media,applied transmission and coding, and medium access control. PartsII and III are devoted to detailed descriptions of important WANsand LANs respectively with Part II describing the wired Ethernetand Internet as well as cellular networks while Part III coverspopular wired LANs and wireless LANs (WLANs), as well as wirelesspersonal area network (WPAN) technologies. Part IV concludes byexamining security, localization and sensor networking. Thepartitioned structure of the book allows flexibility in teachingthe material, encouraging the reader to grasp the more simpleconcepts and to build on these foundations when moving onto morecomplex information.
Networking Fundamentals contains numerous illustrations,case studies and tables to supplement the text, as well asexercises with solutions at the end of each chapter. There is alsoa companion website with password protected solutions manual forinstructors along with other useful resources.
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Keveh Pahlavan, is a Professor of Electrical and ComputerEngineering (ECE), a Professor of Computer Science (CS), andDirector of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies,Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA. He is also avisiting Professor of Telecommunication Laboratory and CWC,University of Oulu, Finland. His area of research is location-awarebroadband wireless indoor networks. He has contributed to numerousseminal technical publications and patents in this field. He is theprincipal author of the Wireless Information Networks (withAllen Levesque), John Wiley and Sons, 1995 and Principles ofWireless Networks – A Unified Approach (with P.Krishnamurthy), Prentice Hall, 2002. He has been a consultant to anumber of companies, including CNR Inc., GTE Laboratories,Steinbrecher Corp., Simplex, Mercury Computers, WINDATA, SieraComm,3COM, and Code/Motorola in Massachusetts; JPL, Savi Technologies,RadioLAN in California; Airnet in Ohio; United Technology ResearchCenter in Connecticut; Honeywell in Arizona; Nokia, LK-Products,Elektrobit, TEKES, the Finnish Academy in Finland; and NTT inJapan. Before joining WPI, he was the director of advanceddevelopment at Infinite Inc., Andover, MA, working on datacommunications. He started his career as an assistant professor atNortheastern University, Boston, MA. He is the Editor-in-Chief ofthe International Journal on Wireless Information Networks.He was the founder, the program chairman, and organizer of the IEEEWireless LAN Workshop, Worcester, in 1991 and 1996 and theorganizer and technical program chairman of the IEEE InternationalSymposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Communications, Boston,MA, 1992 and 1998. He has also been selected as a member of theCommittee on Evolution of Untethered Communication, US NationalResearch Council, 1997 and has led the US review team for theFinnish R&D Programs in Electronic and Telecommunication in1999 and NETs project in 2003. For his contributions to thewireless networks he was the Westin Hadden Professor of Electricaland Computer Engineering at WPI during 1993-1996, was elected as afellow of the IEEE in 1996 and became a fellow of Nokia in 1999.From May to December of 2000 he was the first Fulbright-Nokiascholar at the University of Oulu, Finland. Because of hisinspiring visionary publications and his international conferenceactivities for the growth of the wireless LAN industry, he isreferred to as one of the founding fathers of the wireless LANindustry. In the past few years his research work has been the corefor than 25 patents by Skyhook Wireless, where he acts as the chieftechnical advisor. In January 2008 Steve Jobs announced thatSkyhook Wireless’s WiFi localization technology is used iniPhone. Details of his contributions to this field are available atwww.cwins.wpi.edu.
Prashant Krishnamurthy is an associate professor with thegraduate program in Telecommunications and Networking at theUniversity of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, he regularly teaches courses oncryptography, network security, and wireless communications andnetworks. His research interests are wireless network security,wireless data networks, and position location in indoor wirelessnetworks. He is the coauthor of the books Principles of WirelessNetworks – A Unified Approach and Physical Layer ofCommunication Systems and is a co-editor of InformationAssurance: Dependability and Security in Networked Systems. Heserved as the chair of the IEEE Communications Society PittsburghChapter from 2000 to 2005. He obtained his PhD from WorcesterPolytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, in 1999.
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