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How wireless works
Gralla, Preston.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Que, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 232 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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How Wireless Works continues in the How It Works series tradition by explaining every aspect of wireless communications, from the remote control on your coffee table to the most sophisticated wireless Internet networks. As wireless technology proliferates, readers will need to understand how wireless technologies work in order to make educated buying and business decisions related to wireless technologies. This book will provide readers with a basic technical background on wireless technologies, including infrared, radio-frequency, power line, and PNA (wireless home networking.) The book will also explain the strengths and weaknesses of each technology, so the reader will understand which technology is best suited to a particular application. Where appropriate, we ll explain the differences between competing industry standards, so readers can make an informed buying decision.

Author Notes

Les Freed is a Contributing Editor at PC Magazine and author or co-author of 11 books on computing and networking, including the award-winning How Networks Work. Back in a previous lifetime, Les was a senior videotape editor at CBS News, where he covered national and international news events for The CBS Evening News. After leaving CBS, Les developed Crosstalk, one of the first data communications programs for PCs, and one of the first certified million-selling computer programs ever.

Table of Contents

I Understanding Wireless's Basic Technologies
1 Welcome to the World of Wireless
2 What Is the Electromagnetic Spectrum?
3 How a Basic Wireless System Works
4 How Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM) Work
5 How Data Rides on Wireless Waves
6 How Antennas, Transmitters, and Receivers Work
II How Radio and Television Work
7 How Radio Broadcasting Works
8 How Walkie-Talkies and Family Radio Service (FRS) Work
9 How Television Broadcasting Works
III How Cellular Telephones and Pagers Work
10 How Cellular Networks, Cells, and Base Stations Work
11 How Cellular Telephones Work
12 How Pagers Work
IV Understanding Wireless Networks
13 How a Wireless Network Works
14 How Home Wireless Networks Work
15 Understanding Bluetooth and IEEE 802.11 Networking
V The Wireless Internet
16 Understanding the Internet
17 How Cell Phones Access the Internet
18 How XML and Voice XML Deliver Internet Data
19 How i-mode Works
20 PCs and Wireless Technology
21 How Wireless Palmtops Work
VI Applying Wireless Technology: mCommerce, Security, Business Use, and Beyond
22 How mCommerce and Corporate Wireless Access Work
23 Privacy and Security in a Wireless World
24 How Wireless 3G Works
25 Wireless Use in Satellites and Space