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REVIEW: "High-Speed Wireless ATM and LANs", Benny Bing

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  • Rob Slade, doting grandpa of Ryan and Tr
    BKHSWAAL.RVW 20000217 High-Speed Wireless ATM and LANs , Benny Bing, 2000, 1-58053-092-3, U$75.00 %A Benny Bing bennybing@onebox.com %C 685 Canton St.,
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      "High-Speed Wireless ATM and LANs", Benny Bing, 2000, 1-58053-092-3,
      U$75.00
      %A Benny Bing bennybing@...
      %C 685 Canton St., Norwood, MA 02062
      %D 2000
      %G 1-58053-092-3
      %I Artech House/Horizon
      %O U$75.00 617-769-9750 fax: +1-617-769-6334 artech@...
      %P 249 p.
      %T "High-Speed Wireless ATM and LANs"

      The preface promises a concise discussion of wireless data
      technologies. The book delivers.

      Chapter one limits the scope of the book a bit further, by restricting
      the material to local (small extent and non-cellular) arrangements,
      but gives a good introduction to wireless LANs, and a very good
      overview of propagation problems. Classification of wireless LANs is
      covered in chapter two, and although most of the time is spent with
      spread spectrum technologies, even infrared gets a mention.
      Implementation lists components, deployment considerations, and
      performance tuning in chapter three. It also discusses, oddly late in
      the book, applications and benefits of wireless LANs. Chapter four
      deals with WLAN standards, including 802.11, HIPERLAN, HomeRF SWAP
      (Shared Wireless Access Protocol), Bluetooth, and others. Performance
      evaluation, in chapter five, provides detailed test specifications for
      some products.

      Chapter six opens the discussion of wireless ATM (Asynchronous
      Transfer Mode) technologies, looking at a variety of implementations,
      and briefly introducing satellite systems. Wireless ATM
      standardization is covered in chapter seven.

      In a brief space, Bing has provided a clear and readable introduction
      to the topic. The illustrations are unusually useful and informative,
      in comparison to so many authors who seem to throw in figures only to
      fill up room on the page. When Bing uses a graphic, it is clear and
      generally self-explanatory, but is also clearly lablelled and
      captioned. The text is succinct and simple enough for the needs of
      the busy manager, but still provides the technical specialist with
      valuable information in regard to selection and deployment.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2000 BKHSWAAL.RVW 20000217

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