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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
If you want to know how any kind of wireless technology works, this is the book for you. Whether it's wireless networks, wireless Internet access, cell phones, WAP, pagers, WSDL...it's all here. The introductory material is great for anyone wanting to understand concepts like how data and information can be sent wireless, how the electromagnetic spectrum works, etc. And...
Published on October 31, 2001 by johnnoe

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows the Ways, But Not Much of the Means
The first chapters of this book give a very basic understanding of how information is impressed onto energy waves and transmitted. But after that, most of the chapters just show the paths along which information waves are routed.

The book consists of beautiful, glossy illustrations, with most of the text being simply captions to these illustrations. But the...
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, October 31, 2001
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"johnnoe" (San Francisco, CA) - See all my reviews
If you want to know how any kind of wireless technology works, this is the book for you. Whether it's wireless networks, wireless Internet access, cell phones, WAP, pagers, WSDL...it's all here. The introductory material is great for anyone wanting to understand concepts like how data and information can be sent wireless, how the electromagnetic spectrum works, etc. And even the more complicated material is easy to follow --- the illustrations are clear and are great for explaining wireless concepts. Anyone interested in wireless technology should get this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners, May 30, 2004
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Thomas L. McQueary (N. Richland Hills, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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This book fulfills its role as the very first book one may wish to read if he/she knows nothing at all about wireless technology and wants a broad overview of the subject. The colorful pictures and brief text descriptions makes the book accessible to newbies. The reader is then prepared to move into more advanced books on this interesting subject.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great illustration of the basics, October 4, 2007
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B. Dunsing (Cincinnati, OH) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: How Wireless Works (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
A previous reviewer wrote "takes one concept and manages to fill an entire book" as being a negative. The author makes it clear up front that all these technologies use the same basic concept - attaching data to a wave and sending it - so what do you expect?? I'm a wireless engineer and thoroughly enjoyed how the author laid out each technology in a step-by-step fashion, complete with full color illustrations and interesting side notes. I originally picked this book up at the library, but decided I needed my own for quick and enjoyable reference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shows the Ways, But Not Much of the Means, February 28, 2013
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The first chapters of this book give a very basic understanding of how information is impressed onto energy waves and transmitted. But after that, most of the chapters just show the paths along which information waves are routed.

The book consists of beautiful, glossy illustrations, with most of the text being simply captions to these illustrations. But the illustrations don’t provide any real understanding of how the process works. Again, you’ll see the paths that the waves are made to follow, but you won’t see any of the inner workings of the different components of the process. You’ll see waves radiating from a glossy colored cell phone – traveling to a brown box representing a gateway – from there to a gray box representing a relay station – and so forth into the glossy colored illustration of the receiving cell phone. If you are looking for some enlightenment about what goes on electronically in each of these way stations – you won’t find much of that here. You’ll also have to wend your own way along a course of a lot of acronyms – from EMF to IPO.

However, there is a good glossary at the end of the book where you can find definitions of basic terms and where you can be reminded of what all the acronyms represent.

This book would provide a good, eye-catching overview for youngsters, or for adults who just want an introduction to the paths information follows in getting from place to place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Job - Needed to update my skills, May 2, 2014
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Excellent book if not a little dated. Radio technology has changed but the physics of radio frequency electromagnetic waves has not. Very easy to read if you have some EE background.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear Cut, December 31, 2011
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The book arrive in a timely manner. As I read it was very explanatory and clear. I am satisfied with the purchase of this book. It has renewed my interest in wireless.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak book, August 7, 2007
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Chen Sun "WebAndNet.com" (Houston, TX United States) - See all my reviews
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I generally like this series, but this one is weak. Takes one idea and manages to fill up an entire book.
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6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars misleading content coverage, misleading title, June 1, 2003
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CAUTION: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ANY KIND OF IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF WIRELESS BASICS.
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