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ISBN-13: 007-6092011736 ISBN-10: 0130422320 Edition: 2nd

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The indispensable guide to wireless communications—now fully revised and updated!

Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, Second Edition is the definitive modern text for wireless communications technology and system design. Building on his classic first edition, Theodore S. Rappaport covers the fundamental issues impacting all wireless networks and reviews virtually every important new wireless standard and technological development, offering especially comprehensive coverage of the 3G systems and wireless local area networks (WLANs) that will transform communications in the coming years. Rappaport illustrates each key concept with practical examples, thoroughly explained and solved step by step. Coverage includes:

  • An overview of key wireless technologies: voice, data, cordless, paging, fixed and mobile broadband wireless systems, and beyond
  • Wireless system design fundamentals: channel assignment, handoffs, trunking efficiency, interference, frequency reuse, capacity planning, large-scale fading, and more
  • Path loss, small-scale fading, multipath, reflection, diffraction, scattering, shadowing, spatial-temporal channel modeling, and microcell/indoor propagation
  • Modulation, equalization, diversity, channel coding, and speech coding
  • New wireless LAN technologies: IEEE 802.11a/b, HIPERLAN, BRAN, and other alternatives
  • New 3G air interface standards, including W-CDMA, cdma2000, GPRS, UMTS, and EDGE
  • Bluetooth wearable computers, fixed wireless and Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS), and other advanced technologies
  • Updated glossary of abbreviations and acronyms, and a thorough list of references
  • Dozens of new examples and end-of-chapter problems

Whether you're a communications/network professional, manager, researcher, or student, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, Second Edition gives you an in-depth understanding of the state of the art in wireless technology—today's and tomorrow's.

About the Author

THEODORE S. RAPPAPORT is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas, and director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG.org). In 1990, he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG) at Virginia Tech, one of the first university research and educational programs for the wireless communications field. He is the editor or co-editor of four other books on the topic of wireless communications, based on his teaching and research activities at MPRG.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2 edition (January 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130422320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130422323
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the David Lee/Ernst Weber Chaired Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) and is a Professor of Computer Science at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He is also a Professor of Radiology at the NYU School of Medicine. He also serves as the founding director of NYU WIRELESS.

Rappaport is the founder and director of NYU WIRELESS, one of the world's first academic research centers to combine wireless engineering, computer science, and medicine. Earlier in his career, he founded two of the world's largest academic wireless research centers: the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the University of Texas at Austin in 2002, and the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), now known as Wireless@Virginia Tech, in 1990. He has advised or launched numerous high-tech companies in the wireless communications and computing fields, including Telephia (acquired by Nielsen), Motion Computing, Paratek Microwave (acquired by Research in Motion), and two university spin-out companies that developed some of the technologies now used in the wireless industry--TSR Technologies (acquired by Allen Telecom in 1993) and Wireless Valley Communications (acquired by Motorola in 2005). He has conducted pioneering research in the fields of wireless communications and smart antennas, most recently in the field of millimeter wave wireless communication networks and 5G wireless.

Rappaport is a pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation for cellular and personal communications, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies. His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over three decades, and he and his students have invented measurement equipment, simulation methodologies, and analytical approaches for the exploration and modeling of radio propagation channels and communication system design in a vast range of spectrum bands for emerging wireless systems. He also invented the technology of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for wireless network deployment-a technology now used routinely throughout the wireless industry. More recently, his work has explored the millimeter wave (mmWave) bands for future broadband access.

Rappaport has served on the Technological Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission, assisted the governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for Internet access, and conducted research for NSF, Department of Defense, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, having published over 200 technical papers and over 20 books, and is a highly sought-after expert. He has over 100 patents issued or pending. As a faculty member, Rappaport has advised approximately 100 students who continue to accomplish great things in the communications, electromagnetics, and circuit design fields throughout industry, academia, and government.

Professor Rappaport is also an active teacher, researcher and entrepreneur. For his recent biography click here. For his research interests click here.

To reach Prof. Rappaport, please contact Leslie Cerve, by phone at 212-998-3026 or Andrew Scheurich at 718-260-3404.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a lecturer in Mobile Telecommunications I was concerned that this book is light on detail in some places, and authoritatively wrong in others. For example, the author makes basic errors in his description of the GSM logical architecture (particularly with respect to the network databases) and he does not describe the current HR and EFR GSM voice codecs; the section on IS-95 CDMA does not describe soft handoff or cell identification in detail and has not been updated to describe IS-95A. His derivation of Erlang B is also missing a number of key steps. These factors make this textbook unrecommendable for my students. A THOROUGH revision is in order for the next edition.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If I had not seen the Gorden Stuber book I would have given this book only 1 star. However in comparison, it does deserve at least 2.
This book has all the stuff you would want in a wireless text book. It covers fading, Rayleigh, Rician, GSM, AMPS etc. My major complaint with the book is THERE ARE NO EXAMPLES. Per chapter there are probably 3 or 4 examples, but none of them are really challenging.
For instance in the fading chapter, the examples are on coherence time only. How about a couple examples that actually use the fading PDF's/CDF's. We spend so much time "discussing" the distributions, maybe it is time we actually use the distributions?
Compared to "Principles of Mobile Communication" the book is marginally better. For one it is not as heavy on the math, and it does a better job explaining pretty well everything.
However.. I feel I learned far more from Shankar's wireless book in undergrad.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Niloufer Tamboly on April 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I recommend this book for anyone pursuing a Certification like CWNA, CWNP or other wireless certifications. The technical concepts which are at the core of design, implementation, research, and invention of wireless communication systems are presented in an order that is conducive to understanding the general concepts, as well as those specific to current and evolving wireless communication systems and standards.

The Author has done a great job of explaining Radio wave propagation which has historically been the most difficult problem to analyze and design for, since unlike a wired communication system which has a constant, stationary transmission channel (i.e., a wired path), radio channels are random and undergo shadowing and multipath fading, particularly when one of the terminals is in motion. I particularly liked the chapter on modeling spatial-temporal channels, which is vital for the development of smart antennas and position location systems.

The appendices contain hundreds of mathematical formulas and identities for general engineering work.

The compilation of the major wireless standards makes this book particularly useful as a single source of information for a wide range of wireless systems that are commercially deployed today.

I gave this book 4 stars as I feel that the problems included in the book should have the answers as well.

Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jlb on September 13, 2013
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Wireless communications is an extremely broad topic, and the approach of this book is to scratch the surface of many facets of wireless communications. The information is presented in a way that can be easily understood by anybody approaching the topic from a systems level. The author skips the derivations and dense technical detail, but does a decent job of citing references for most equations.

At 11 years old (writing this review in 09/2013), this book is in dire need of a third edition. Not that GSM and IS-95 are going anywhere, but many great advancements have been made in wireless communications which deserve a more thorough treatment. When this book was written, techniques such as MIMO, OFDM, and iterative channel codes were esoteric concepts that were rarely used in practical applications, and they are now pervasive in recent wireless standards. Many technical books are timeless, but this book is not. The author's effort to write about current wireless trends and emerging technologies is commendable, but it put his work at risk of becoming obsolete.

A third edition with detail on OFDM and MIMO and perhaps a chapter on WiMAX and LTE would be much more appropriate for today's wireless engineers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steep on August 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've used this book through a course in radio communications at my university.

I think the book is good for exactly what the title suggests - giving a basic insight to many principles and practice in the field.
It describes and derives some formulas etc., but it does not give detailed knowledge in the mathematics, physics, electronics or propagation.
The book is very much text-based, explaining principles instead of being very mathematically built.
It works fine for instance when explaining the ground reflection two-ray model, but not so good when explaining the GSM codec.

It is a fine supplement to a carefully selected collection of books on radio/microwave communication, or for getting an overview
of principles and techniques employed in different present technologies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Torres on February 25, 2013
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This is one of the best books for Telecom Engineers. It is one of the books that will help me on my Ph.D. thesis.
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