Wireless Bookshelf

Wireless Hacks by Rob Flickenger, O'Reilly & Associates, Sept. 15, 2003, $16.97.

Description (from publisher): As with any new technology, buying your gear is only the first step. Understanding how to make the best use of it is another story. Wireless Hacks offers 100 industrial-strength tips about wireless networking, contributed by experts who apply what they know in the real world every day. Each "Hack" can be read in just a few minutes but can save you hours of research. Inside, you will find a wealth of useful techniques for making the most out of wireless technology, including:

  • Making sense of the alphabet soup of the 802.11 standards, and understanding which technology makes sense for solving your particular problem.
  • Using Bluetooth, mobile radios, mobile data networks and other exotic methods to keep you connected, no matter where you are. Practical methods for detecting, analyzing and monitoring wireless networks.
  • Extending the range of your network, and making the best possible use of the available radio spectrum.
  • Designing and building your own antennas.
  • Engineering long-distance network links that span several miles.
  • Understanding the security issues of wireless networking, and protecting your users from unauthorized access and eavesdropping.
Wi-Fi Handbook: Building 802.11b Wireless Networks
Wi-Fi Handbook: Building 802.11b Wireless Networks by Konrad Roeder, Frank D. and Jr. Ohrtman, McGraw-Hill Professional, April 10, 2003, $50.36.

Description (from publisher): Written for network engineers by highly experienced wireless and Ethernet experts, this title provides the know-how for enterprise implementations with the nuts and bolts of designing and building Wi-Fi networks for scale.
From the back cover: MASTER 802.11
Detailing the design and deployment of 802.11b networks in every flavor and size, this working handbook delivers the hands-on expertise you need—complete with illustrative case studies. From one-cell home systems to global provider networks, Wi-Fi Handbook provides the A to Z facts, details, tips and strategies you need to handle the job.
Managing and Securing a Cisco Structured Wireless-Aware Network
Managing and Securing a Cisco Structured Wireless-Aware Network by David Wall, Syngress, April 2004, $40.77.

Description (from publisher): This book is essential reading for any network admin, network engineer or security consultant responsible for the design, deployment and management of a Cisco Structured Wireless-Aware Network. It covers all product features, with particular attention to the challenges of integrating legacy Cisco products into a Wireless-Aware network.
Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows
Deploying Secure 802.11 Wireless Networks with Microsoft Windows by Joseph Davies, Microsoft Press, Aug. 13, 2003, $27.19.

Description (from publisher): Get in-depth technical guidance to help maximize security for wireless networking infrastructures for computers running Windows XP, 2000 or Server 2003. The book thoroughly details how to implement IEEE 802.11b WLAN networking and its related authentication technologies for a Windows environment. You'll learn how to deploy solutions for corporate networks, public networks and home/small business networks that employ the latest standards in wireless security technologies including Extensible Authentication Protocol-Transport Layer Security, Protected EAP with Microsoft Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol Version 2 and Wi-Fi Protected Access. The book also includes a detailed case study of wireless network deployment at Microsoft-sharing Windows-specific best practices from one of the largest WLAN deployments in the world.
Mobile IPv6: Mobility in a Wireless Internet
Mobile IPv6: Mobility in a Wireless Internet by Hesham Soliman, Addison Wesley Professional, April 5, 2004, $40.49.

Description (from publisher): Mobile IPv6 (MIPv6) will be the key enabling technology for a new generation of mobile data and multimedia services with seamless roaming—even between wireless and wired networks. Now, one of the leaders in IPv6 mobility introduces the protocol clearly and concisely, from the standpoint of practical implementers. Soliman carefully explains MIPv6's structure, goals, deployment, operation, optimization, security and much more. Mobile IPv6:
  • Reflects the final, IETF Mobile IPv6 standard and a detailed introduction to IPv6
  • Includes background on Internet protocols and routing for every wireless professional
  • Shows how MIPv6 works and how it's different from earlier Mobile IP standards
  • Covers MIPv6 security, in depth -- including a full chapter on signaling security
  • Introduces hand-over optimizations, including fast hand-over and hierarchical MIPv6
  • Presents mechanisms for IPv6 coexistence with the IPv4 Internet
  • Contains a start-to-finish case study: IPv6 and MIPv6 in UMTS
An outstanding complement (or alternative) to the official specs, Mobile IPv6: Mobility in a Wireless Internet gives wireless engineers and researchers all the information they need to build reliable, high-performance MIPv6 systems.
cdma2000 System for Mobile Communications, The: 3G Wireless Evolution
cdma2000 System for Mobile Communications, The: 3G Wireless Evolution by Vieri Vanghi, Aleksandar Damnjanovic and Branimir Vojcic, Prentice Hall PTR, March 29, 2004, $82.80.

Description (from publisher): This is a complete guide to the architecture and operation of cdma2000 networks. Three leading experts begin by reviewing the theory of CDMA communications, then systematically discuss every component of a cdma2000 network, including radio access networks, packet core networks, mobile stations, and their reference points. The authors present in-depth coverage of the cdma2000 air interface protocols between mobile and base stations, physical layer design, media access control, Layer 3 signaling, handoffs, power control, radio resource management for mixed voice and data services, radio access network performance, and end-to-end call flows for circuit switched voice, packet data, and concurrent services. Coverage includes:
  • CDMA and spread spectrum fundamentals: modulation/demodulation, forward error correction, turbo coding and diversity
  • Applications and services, including conversational voice, Web browsing, file transfer, WAP, video streaming and VoIP
  • Evolution of integrated data and voice services (1xEV-DV)
  • Handoff principles and types, including idle, access, soft and hard handoffs
  • Reverse and forward link power control principles, algorithms and implementation aspects
  • Algorithms and implementation aspects for radio resource management
  • End-to-end network operations: location and state management, call processing, SMS and more
This is an ideal reference for professionals designing or building cdma2000 infrastructure and mobile stations, operators deploying and managing cdma2000 networks, and any wireless communications engineer who wants a thorough understanding of cdma2000 technology.
802.11 Wireless Local-Area Network Fundamentals
802.11 Wireless Local-Area Network Fundamentals by Pejman Roahan and Jonathan Leary, Cisco Press, September 2003, $35.

Description (from publisher): 802.11 Wireless LAN Fundamentals gives you the background and practical details you need to select, design, install and run your own WLAN. This book begins with an overview of Ethernet technologies, 802.11 standards, and physical layer technologies, providing you with a frame of reference for the rest of the book. Subsequent chapters address challenges and solutions associated with security, mobility and quality of service (QoS). Radio frequency fundamentals are reviewed in detail, as are site-surveying methods. A series of case studies that highlight WLAN design considerations in various business environments helps place all the concepts covered in this book in the context of real-world applications.
Voice, Video, and Data Network Convergence: Architecture and Design, From VoIP to Wireless
Voice, Video, and Data Network Convergence: Architecture and Design, From VoIP to Wireless by Juanita Ellis, Charles Pursell and Joy Rahman, Academic Press, May 2003, $60.

Description (from publisher):
  • Covers the latest standards and those being developed in an ever-evolving field.
  • Provides insight into the latest technology of video and data over wireless networks and how convergence will be a driving force in this industry.
  • Provides an understanding of the true capabilities behind each vendor's solution to allow for informed buying decisions.
This book provides detailed information on convergence network models, protocol stacks, routing algorithms, gateways and switches required to support these networks. Contents: Convergence, networks supported, differences in data and voice traffic, voice-over-IP arch, VOIP tech, VoIP clients, video on the converged network, convergence on a wireless networks, IP-based converged network elements, convergence standards and protocols, management and control protocols, deployment strategies, convergence testing, QOS, and the next phase: applications using the converged network.

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