Item description for The Basics of 802.11 Wireless LANs (Basics Books series) by Frank M. Groom...
Helping to understand the architecture and implentation of wireless local-area networks, this book delves into the evolution of the various spread-spectrum techniques and explains the many forms of signal modulation, including frequency, amplitude, and phase. This is a must-read for everyone who needs to sharpen their understanding of wireless communications, from students to business managers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2005
Publisher International Engineering Consortium
ISBN 1931695326 ISBN13 9781931695329
Availability 0 units.
More About Frank M. Groom
Frank M. Groom, PhD, is a professor at the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) at Ball State University. He lives in Muncie, Indiana. Kevin M. Groom is a senior technical staff member at AT&T. He lives in Bexley, Ohio. Stephan S. Jones, PhD, is also a professor at Ball University's CICS and the former owner and applications engineer for one of the country's largest interconnect companies. He lives in Muncie, Indiana.
Frank M. Groom has an academic affiliation as follows - Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Basics of 802.11 Wireless LANs (Basics Books series)?
Good book - price is only drawback Jan 14, 2008
I found this book to fill a very overlooked niche, one that I think will be growing in tandem with the wireless market. This book provides a solid conceptual/technical overview of WLAN technology. It does so in a very brief, but clearly organized and adequately detailed amount of space. I consider this a niche book because it provides a bridge for networking engineers/technicians to understand the medium of WLAN communication and the methodologies involved. Most books on WLAN seem either 1) to be geared for network admins or wanabes and provide only a superficial treatment of RF and the WLAN phys layer, 2) RF engineering types that lose the forest for the trees by taking every mathematical idiosyncrasy back to a proof.
The reality is that, depending on your job/aspirations, you may - or may not - need to have a math/engineering background to work in a specific WLAN environment. But the rules of the game do change with WLAN vs. wired LAN, and you will at least need an intelligent conceptual overview that is more robust than the fluffy material presented in most network/WLAN books.
Accordingly, after you get a firm grasp of the new playing field of WLAN and decide that you want to take it further (it is fascinating) then you could easily use this book as a stepping stone to other, more math-based books (even if you were a math major/engineer - the field requires a bit of specialization/fine tuning of your skills). In that case I might recommend further reading along the lines of "Electromagnets Explained" and "Introduction to RF Propagation" and any decent math reference you have faith in using.
I do complain about the price; I think it would be reasonable at around $40. On the other hand, I would also mention that I have read through enough $30-$40 books that would not additively measure up to this one. In self-justification, I would have to confess that if I wanted info contained in other books in this series, I would likely pay the price in hopes of getting my money's worth as I did with this one.