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Voice & Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols) Paperback – July 25, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0072131888 ISBN-10: 0072131888 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Series: Standards & Protocols
  • Paperback: 1032 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 4 edition (July 25, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072131888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072131888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,715,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The most complete voice and data communications reference available

Voice and data communications expert Bud Bates once again brings you the most comprehensive and definitive reference covering the latest in networking and telecommunications technologies. Featuring all new material on wireless protocols, optical networking, and high-speed broadband services this easy-to-understand resource contains comprehensive coverage of this fast-growing industry. You'll learn everything from basic concepts to practical implementation techniques on topics ranging from digital signaling and virtual private networks to frame relay and fiber optics. Straightforward and jargon-free, this updated edition is highly useful for anyone wanting to understand the latest advances in telecommunications, and the rapidly evolving field of voice and data communications.

  • Work with new wireless technologies including 3G, WAP, and wireless LANs
  • Get details on high-speed broadband services including xDSL and CATV
  • Transmit data securely through use of VPNs and remote access networks
  • Learn about Voice over IP and voice over data services
  • Understand methods of computer-to-telephony integration
  • Trace the evolution of the T-Carrier and T1 systems
  • Discover the advantages of using packet switching technology
  • Find out about optical systems--including SONET and Wave Division Multiplexing (WDM)

Topics covered:

  • Analog versus digital transmission
  • Private Branch Exchanges (PBX)
  • OSI model, SNA, TCP/IP
  • Full-service intranets
  • Ethernet, LANs, and token rings
  • Frame relay, ISDN, and ATM
  • DSL and xDSL
  • PCS and cellular

About the Author

Regis (Bud) Bates (Phoenix, AZ) has more than 33 years of experience in telecommunications and management information systems (MIS). He oversees the overall operation of TC International Consulting, Inc., a full service management consulting organisation. He has designed data processing centres and has also been involved in the design of major networks including LANs and WANs. Bud also develops and conducts various public and in-house seminars ranging from a managerial overview to very technical instruction on voice, data, and LAN/WAN and Broadband communications. For the past 2 years he has devoted much of his development and training activities on the convergence of voice and data communications. He has written eight books on the technologies many of which have been "best sellers" for McGraw-Hill. Including Voice and Data Communications Handbook and Broadband Telecommunications Handbook. Donald Gregory (Portsmouth VA) is a Partner with Computer Sciences Corporation's Consulting Group (CSC). Prior to Joining CSC, he spent several years at Arthur Andersen, International Harvester/Navistar, and Digital Equipment Corp. During most of that time he has specialised in the design and implementation of data and voice communications networks. In addition, he knows a fair amount about operating systems and PC configuration.

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Great Book for someone just getting into Voice & Data.
Michael Sutton
The author's style is clearly easy to understand and also makes the book interesting to read.
Dennis D. Sherin
This book covers a thorough explaination for (almost) every telecommunication issue.
"aryoba"

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bejtlich on November 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a senior engineer for network security operations. I bought "Voice and Data Communications Handbook, Fourth Edition" (VADCH:4E) to gain a general understanding of communications technologies beyond the LAN. Although the book mentions all of the systems which interested me, I was not satisfied with the manner in which they were covered. VADCH:4E is better than Ross' "Telecommunications Technologies" but inferior to Green's "Irwin Handbook of Telecommunications." Nevertheless, I'm still looking for an author who delivers the goods on voice and data communications essentials.

VADCH:4E's table of contents is sure to impress; it mentions T carriers, VPNs, X.25, Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, SMDS, Frame Relay, ISDN, ATM, DSL, SS7, LNP, Cellular/PCS, WAP, 3G Wireless, SONET/SDH, and other key telecom systems and concepts. Unfortunately, I rarely finished a chapter with a good grasp of the material. I desperately searched for clues to questions I felt were key to understanding each technology. Rather than launching into an extended discussion of each system, I would have preferred hearing exactly how each technology works, with comparison to other technologies. More is not better if the "more" isn't helpful!

VADCH:4E is advertised as being "straightforward and jargon-free." This approach supposedly appeals to management types. In reality, the book swings wildly from mind-numbing grade-school-level analogies to material only understood with outside references. A 1074 page book needs to pick a writing style and stay the course. Otherwise, it alienates both nontechnical and technical readers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "sparkopup" on December 29, 1999
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The information was good, but not technical. The section about PBXs discussed cost more then how they work. As a managerial tool, its not bad, but as an engineer, I found it lacking in technical information that I like to have. If you're looking for diagrams and formulas, look for something else.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By pjones@tyler.net on September 20, 2000
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While this is a big fat book< almost a thousand pages, and not many pictures> this was a very easy read. Just about everything was covered in the voice and data world, anyone working in either field would have a good history and working knowledge what where we have been where we are and where we are going. The writing style was enjoyable entertaining and funny while keeping to the point, overviews where given followed by description of the technical with applied examples. Even the person makinf discisions on Voice or data issues would be well served to buy the book for the 1st 7 chapters alone, if you work on the engineering side I am sure you will continue to the end of the book. I liked this book so much I ordered his other book on Broadband.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2000
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As a product manager for a major telecom company, I need a book that I can reference quickly for a complete overview on topics such as SONET, Frame Relay and ADSL. This book fits the bill for me.
Not only do the authors'offer lucid explanations, but the book is interesting to read. When was the last time you could say that about a technical book?
I would rate this book a must have for anyone in the telecom field at over 900 pages it packs the info in!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Stoltze on May 3, 2002
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I puchased this book, in addition to many other telecom books and found this to be one of the worst ones. Not only is the information useless it is written in a diffucult to understand fashion. I recommend that you do not waste corporate money of this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kilroywuzhere on August 2, 1999
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This is easily the best introductory book I've run across. It covers a wide range of topics in a manner that is conversational rather than dry and boring. It's an easy read and they make some very complicated subject matter very easy to understand. I was constantly amazed at how the material sprang off the page. Some outstanding historical material as well -- excellent overview of where the phone system came from.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1998
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This book is easily the best introduction to voice and data communications I've seen. I wish I had this when I first got into the business 10 years ago! Jargon isn't used until after it's introduced, text is plain and easy to read, and illustrations are clear and informative. My only quibbles are the index could be better, and a larger glossary would be very nice. Also, it's not quite as up to date as I had hoped it to be; for example, it talks about V.34 as a pending standard, and no mention is made at all of V.90. Nevertheless, at $65, this 900 page book is well worth the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 24, 2000
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This book has alot of excellent information, However...., it claims in the description to cover DSL. It appears once in the book in one sentence..... This refers to the signature edition
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