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RF Engineering for Wireless Networks

Book Description

Finally, here is a single volume containing all of the engineering information needed to successfully design and implement any type of wireless network! Author Dan Dobkin covers every aspect of RF engineering necessary for wireless networks. He begins with a review of essential math and electromagnetic theory followed by thorough discussions of multiplexing, modulation types, bandwidth, link budgets, network concepts, radio system architectures, RF amplifiers, mixers and frequency conversion, filters, single-chip radio systems, antenna theory and designs, signal propagation, as well as planning and implementing wireless networks for both indoor and outdoor environments.

The appendices contain such vital data as U.S., European, and Japanese technical and regulatory standards for wireless networks, measurements in wireless networks, reflection and matching of transmission lines, determining power density, and much more. The accompanying companion website includes useful software tools such as a link budget calculator, a Smith Chart calculator and plotter, and radio chain analysis utilities. No matter what type of wireless network you design—Bluetooth, UWB, or even metropolitan area network (MAN)—this book is the one reference you can’t do without!


· The A-to-Z guide to wireless network engineering—covers everything from basic electromagnetic theory to modulation techniques to network planning and implementation!

· Engineering and design principles covered are applicable to any type of wireless network, including 802.11, 802.16, 802.20, and Bluetooth.

· Discusses state-of-the-art modulation techniques such as ultra wideband (UWB) and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. 1. The Beauty of Wires, the Inevitability of Wireless
    2. 2. What You Need to Proceed
    3. 3. An Overview of What Is to Come
    4. 4. Acknowledgments
    5. Further Reading
  6. Chapter 2: Basics of Wireless Communications
    1. 1. Harmonic Signals and Exponentials
    2. 2. Electromagnetic Waves and Multiplexing
    3. 3. Modulation and Bandwidth
    4. 4. Wireless Link Overview: Systems, Power, Noise, and Link Budgets
    5. 5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 2
    6. Further Reading
  7. Chapter 3: Basics of Wireless Local Area Networks
    1. 1. Networks Large and Small
    2. 2. WLANs from LANs
    3. 3. 802.11 WLANs
    4. 4. HiperLAN and HiperLAN 2
    5. 5. From LANs to PANs
    6. 6. Capsule Summary: Chapter 3
    7. 7. Further Reading
  8. Chapter 4: Radio Transmitters and Receivers
    1. 1. Overview of Radios
    2. 2. Radio Components
    3. 3. Radio System Design
    4. 4. Examples of Radio Chips and Chipsets
    5. 5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 4
    6. 6. Further Reading
  9. Chapter 5: Antennas
    1. 1. Not Your Father’s E & M
    2. 2. Radiation: The Wireless Wire
    3. 3. The Ideal Dipole
    4. 4. Antenna Radiation Patterns
    5. 5. Antennas as Receivers
    6. 6. Survey of Common Antennas
    7. 7. Cables and Connectors
    8. 8. Capsule Summary: Chapter 5
    9. Further Reading
  10. Chapter 6: Propagation
    1. 1. Propagation in Free Space
    2. 2. Propagation in Earthbound Environments
    3. 3. Multipath Propagation: Fading and Delay
    4. 4. Statistical Modeling of Propagation
    5. 5. Capsule Summary: Chapter 6
    6. 6. Further Reading
  11. Chapter 7: Indoor Networks
    1. 1. Behind Closed Doors
    2. 2. How Buildings Are Built (with W. Charles Perry, P.E.)
    3. 3. Microwave Properties of Building Materials
    4. 4. Realistic Metal Obstacles
    5. 5. Real Indoor Propagation
    6. 6. How Much Is Enough?
    7. 7. Indoor Interferers
    8. 8. Tools for Indoor Networks
    9. 9. Capsule Summary: Chapter 7
    10. 10. Further Reading
  12. Chapter 8: Outdoor Networks
    1. 1. Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom of Night
    2. 2. Line-of-Sight Sites
    3. 3. Outdoor Coverage Networks
    4. 4. Point-to-Multipoint Networks
    5. 5. Point-to-Point Bridges
    6. 6. Long Unlicensed Links
    7. 7. Safety Tips
    8. 8. Capsule Summary: Chapter 8
    9. 9. Further Reading
  13. Afterword
  14. Appendix 1: Regulatory Issues
    1. 1. A Piece of History
    2. 2. FCC Part 15
    3. 3. European Standards
    4. 4. Japan
    5. 5. China
    6. 6. Concluding Remarks
    7. 7. Further Reading
  15. Appendix 2: Measurement Tools
    1. 1. The RF Toolbox
  16. Appendix 3: Reflection and Matching
    1. 1. Reflection Coefficients
    2. 2. A Simple Matching Example
    3. 3. Further Reading?
  17. Appendix 4: The Lorentz Gauge
    1. 1. No Royal Road
    2. 2. Lorentz Gauge Derivation
    3. 3. Coupling of the Potentials
  18. Appendix 5: Power Density
    1. 1. Rederiving P
  19. Appendix 6: Conventional E & M
    1. 1. Speaking Their Language
  20. Appendix 7: Table of Symbols Used in the Text
  21. Index
  22. Instructions for online access