- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (September 5, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780764548994
- ISBN-13: 978-0764548994
- ASIN: 0764548999
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
A comprehensive overview of today's networked world, offering justthe right amount of technical detail
Now updated to cover the latest wireless and broadbandtechnologies, this lucid overview describes today's communicationssystems and networks-voice, data, video, and multimedia-andexplains how they are likely to evolve and converge. CommunicationsSystems and Networks delivers plain-English explanations of all thetechnical fundamentals-and puts everything in context by addressingstandards, regulations, and the real-world outlook for legacy,contemporary, and emerging technologies. Whether you're anetworking pro who wants to gain some perspective or you just wantto understand our increasingly interconnected world, this is theone book you need to see the big picture.
Inside, you'll find clear explanations of:
* Essential concepts such as circuits, switches, and digital andanalog transmission
* Transmission media--from twistedpair to satellite, microwave,infrared, and fiber optics
* Data communications, from LANs and WANs to broadband and 3Gwireless
* Recent and emerging voice technologies, including Voice overFrame Relay (VoFR), Voice over ATM (VoATM), Voice over IP (VoIP),and Voice over DSL (VoDSL)
* Broadband access technologies, including Digital Subscriber Line(DSL), cable modems, Free Space Optics (FSO), and Wireless LocalLoop (WLL)
* Internet and Web standards, topology, technologies, andprotocols, including WAP and i-Mode
* Video and multimedia networking, from HDTV to videoconferencingsystems
* Network convergence issues, such as standards, regulation,addressing, and Quality of Service (QoS)
* The latest regulatory flash points, from line sharing to Internetwiretapping
About the Author
Ray Horak is President of The Context Corporation, a telecommunications consulting firm that presents seminars, workshops, and conferences for telephone and data networking professionals worldwide. He has put his 30+ years of experience in the networked world to good use as the author of many professional articles and the contributing editor for Newton's Telecom Dictionary.
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Two things I really like about this book. First, the material is very up-to-date. In one chapter, Horak explains various 'flavors' of DSL very well--differences in how they are provisioned. He also spends a lot of time covering LAN and data networks, which is great considering most telecom traffic will eventually be data (not voice). Second, the diagrams showing how the networking equipment work and connect with each other is very helpful, especially for a guy like me with a non-engineering background.
I usually don't use the term 'gripping' to describe a technical book, but Horak's book is just that because I get hungry to learn more about how the whole telecommunications-network-thing works. Perfect to use in defense against those engineers who have looked down on the liberal arts grads for our ignorance of technology!
Ray is the editor of Newton's Telecom Dictionary, and this book makes an excellent companion text to that great classic. Those of you who read my reviews know that I give free copies of that text to every student who attends my TrainingCity.com classes. If you bought Newton's Telecom Dictionary, buy this book, you won't ever regret it.
Ray uses his experience editing "Newton's" throughout "Communications Systems and Networks." Every term is explained clearly and concisely. Reading through this book I was continually amazed at how well Ray can explain complex concepts, and get ALL the relevant information into so few paragraphs.
In conclusion, I believe this is an instant classic, and a must have for any Voice & Data library.
The author, Ray Horak, is also the editor of Newton's Telecom Dictionary and his experience editing that test shows up throughout Communications Systems and Networks. I give copies of Newton's Telecom Dictionary to every student who attends my TrainingCity.com Voice & Data classes.
I strongly recommend this text to anyone involved in IT. It is an excellent starting point for people new to the field, and experienced professionals who need to stay current on the latest trends and developments.