Wireless LANs, 2nd edition

  • Jim Geier

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This book provides the following benefits to readers:

  • Ability to select the most effective wireless LAN type from a wide assortment of recent and emerging standards.
  • Independent assessment of competing wireless LAN technologies.
  • More efficient design and operational support of wireless LANs because of an understanding of wireless LAN protocol operations and frame structures.
  • Definition of typical requirements and technology assessment parameters, providing a basis for evaluating wireless LANs.
  • Vision of the future of wireless LANs.
  • Real-world experiences through case studies and implementation tips located throughout the book.
  • Quick overview of the features, pros, and cons of each of the wireless LAN standards located at the beginning of each chapter.

Table of contents


Audience. The Organization of This Book. Updates to This Book Compared to the First Edition.


1. Introduction to Wireless Networks.

Wireless LAN Benefits. Wireless LAN Applications. Wireless LAN Technologies. Wireless LAN Implications. Wireless LANs: A Historical Perspective.

2. Wireless Network Configurations.

Wireless LAN Architecture. Wireless LAN Components and Systems. Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks.

3. Overview of the IEEE 802.11 Standard.

The Importance of Standards. The IEEE 802 LAN Standards Family. Introduction to the IEEE 802.11 Standard. IEEE 802.11 Topology. IEEE 802.11 Logical Architecture. IEEE 802.11 Services.


4. IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) Layer.

IEEE 802.11 MAC Layer Operations. MAC Frame Structure. MAC Frame Types.

5. IEEE 802.11 Physical (PHY) Layer.

Physical Layer Architecture. Physical Layer Operations. IEEE 802.11 Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) Physical Layer. IEEE 802.11 Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Physical Layer. IEEE 802.11 High Rate Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (HR-DSSS) Physical Layer. IEEE 802.11 Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) Physical Layer. IEEE 802.11 Infrared (IR) Physical Layer.


6. Wireless System Integration.

Wireless System Architecture. Network Distribution Systems. Roaming Protocols. Communications Protocols. Connectivity Software.

7. Planning a Wireless LAN.

Managing a Wireless LAN Implementation. Requirements Analysis Steps. Types of Wireless LAN Requirements. Questions for Defining Wireless LAN Requirements. Analyzing the Feasibility of a Wireless LAN.

8. Implementing a Wireless LAN.

Designing a Wireless LAN. Preparing for Operational Support of a Wireless LAN. Installing a Wireless LAN. Summary.



Published by Sams Publishing (July 9th 2001) - Copyright © 2001