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REVIEW: "Designing a Wireless Network", Jeffrey Wheat et al

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  • Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Ha
    BKDSWLNT.RVW 20011013 Designing a Wireless Network , Jeffrey Wheat et al, 2001, 1-928994-45-8, U$49.95/C$77.95 %A Jeffrey Wheat et al %C 800 Hingham
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      BKDSWLNT.RVW 20011013

      "Designing a Wireless Network", Jeffrey Wheat et al, 2001,
      1-928994-45-8, U$49.95/C$77.95
      %A Jeffrey Wheat et al
      %C 800 Hingham Street, Rockland, MA 02370
      %D 2001
      %G 1-928994-45-8
      %I Syngress Media, Inc.
      %O U$49.95/C$77.95 781-681-5151 fax: 781-681-3585 amy@...
      %P 379 p.
      %T "Designing a Wireless Network"

      Designing a wireless network would seem to be a rather larger topic.
      What kind of network? How large? For what type of applications? For
      what audience, environment or market? Going by the case studies
      provided, this book is intended to address those designing local area
      networks: perhaps extending to other buildings, but not crossing
      public roads.

      Chapter one is a brief history of communications and computing, with
      some very questionable facts. The physical and engineering
      characteristics of radio signals given in chapter two are clearly
      explained, but the details aren't sufficient for antenna siting
      engineers, and aren't really of practical use for other people.
      Again, there is a lucid exegesis of TCP/IP and the OSI layering model,
      but limited applicability to wireless networks, in chapter three.
      Chapter four could use some of the previous clarity and information:
      the material dealing with the various applications and standards
      involved in an assortment of wireless systems is terse and poorly
      structured. The process of design is covered in chapter five, but
      only in a vague way and at a high level.

      More details of planning are given in the case studies in chapters six
      through nine--but not many. Security, traffic analysis, and antenna
      siting are touched on, but only in a very superficial way. Security
      tends to be dismissed as covered, traffic analysis seems limited to
      the number of terminals in existence, and radio footprints often
      overlap, sometimes to a ridiculous extent. (One example uses five
      antennae where one would probably be sufficient.) The home office
      case study has a good discussion of interference sources, but bogs
      down in a section detailing the connection of Windows to the Internet.

      As noted, some of the explanations are very good--but they aren't
      explanations of wireless technology. The design process outline and
      the case studies do point out aspects or wireless networks that should
      be addressed--but they don't provide information about how to address
      them. This book is a good overview of the factors involved in
      designing a wireless network--but it doesn't give you the information
      you need to come up with the design.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2001 BKDSWLNT.RVW 20011013

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