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Designing and Deploying 802.11n Wireless Networks 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Gain a practical understanding of the underlying concepts of the 802.11n standard and the methodologies for completing a successful wireless network installation
Practical, start-to-finish guidance for successful deployment of 802.11n wireless LANs
With the ratification of the 802.11n wireless LAN standard, thousands of companies are moving rapidly toward implementation. However, 802.11n is very different from legacy 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless standards, and successful deployment requires new knowledge and techniques. In this book, leading wireless expert Jim Geier systematically presents all the information and guidance that network architects, engineers, administrators, and managers need to maximize the performance and business value of new 802.11n networks.
Drawing on extensive experience with real-world 802.11n deployments, Geier guides you through the entire project lifecycle: planning, design, installation, testing, monitoring, and support. Each phase of wireless LAN deployment is organized into clearly defined steps, and multiple case studies and hands-on exercises show how to apply each technique.
You'll find practical guidance for deploying in enterprises without existing wireless infrastructure, as well as migrating from legacy 802.11a, 802.11b, or 802.11g networks. For convenient reference, Geier also provides an extensive, up-to-date wireless networking glossary.
Jim Geierfounded Wireless-Nets, Ltd., and serves as its principal consultant. His 25 years of experience include analysis, design, implementation, installation, and support of wireless network-based solutions for cities, enterprises, airports, manufacturers, warehouses, hospitals, and other facilities worldwide. He is author of more than a dozen books, including Wireless Networks - First Step and Deploying Voice over Wireless LANs (Cisco Press) and Implementing 802.1X Security Solutions. He has been active with the IEEE 802.11 Working Group developing international wireless LAN standards, and chaired the IEEE International Conference on Wireless LAN Implementation.
- Understanding 802.11n MAC, physical layer, and related standardsDesigning 802.11n wireless networks for diverse scenarios: considering architecture, range, performance, roaming, and RF issuesMigrating from 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g wireless networksChoosing the right tools and equipment, and using them effectivelyPlanning effectively: scoping projects; creating work breakdown structures; organizing teams, schedules, and budgets; defining requirements, and moreSecuring WLANs via encryption, authentication, rogue access point detection, RF shielding, and policesPerforming site surveys and identifying optimum access point locationsInstalling and configuring wireless LANs: planning, staging, deployment, documentation, and moreSystematic testing to improve signal coverage, performance, and securityManaging wireless LANs: help desk support, network monitoring, maintenance, engineering, configuration management, security, tools, and moreTroubleshooting 802.11n networks: identifying issues with connectivity, performance, and more
About the Author
Jim Geier is the founder and principal consultant of Wireless-Nets, Ltd., an independent consulting firm assisting organizations with the development and deployment of wireless networks. His 25 years of experience includes the planning, analysis, design, implementation, installation, and support of numerous wireless network-based solutions for enterprises, municipalities, hospitals, universities, airports, warehouses, and product manufacturers worldwide. Jim is the author of more than a dozen books, including Deploying Voice over Wireless LANs (Cisco Press), Wireless Networks: First Step (Cisco Press), Implementing 802.1X Security Solutions (Wiley), and Network Reengineering (McGraw-Hill). He is the author of numerous tutorials and other publications and has developed and instructed dozens of training courses on wireless networking topics. Jim has been active within the Wi-Fi Alliance, responsible for certifying interoperability of 802.11 (Wi-Fi) wireless LANs. He has also been active with the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, responsible for developing international standards for wireless LANs. He served as Chairman of the IEEE Computer Society, Dayton Section, and Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Wireless LAN Implementation. Jim’s education includes a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in electrical engineering, with emphasis in wireless communications.
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I was expecting a book that primarily focused on the recently ratified IEEE 802.11n. If that is what you are looking for, then this book is not it. You are better off reading the standard straight from IEEE. However, you would be missing out on a really good book about wireless in general. Jim Geier has authored a fantastic book that really shows his experience in the wireless field. He doesn't have the same pedigree that a lot of Cisco Press authors usually do in the way of a CCIE #, but don't let that fool you. After a few chapters of reading this book, I was completely satisfied with the author's technical abilities. The overall level of the book is probably somewhere between the CCNP Wireless and CCIE Wireless skill levels, or CWNP and CWNE for the vendor neutral types. What really made the book extra relevant was the breadth of topics covered.
The book starts with an introduction to wireless concepts. Then it moves into the 802.11 standard and the various portions of that standard explaining the MAC and PHY. After that, design is covered from all major aspects such as performance, frequency use, security, and roaming. After the design aspect is covered, the site survey, installation and testing are covered. Finally, the support of the wireless network is covered.
You get the whole wireless experience from this book. If you are weak on the fundamentals of wireless technology, this book covers them. If you are deficient in the design or installation, this book covers it as well. However, it does not cover anything in exhaustive detail. To do so would require a book much larger than the 450 plus pages that are in the book. It covers everything in sufficient detail to drive home the concept, but does not overwhelm you with acronyms or technical minutiae. What is a big help to the reader are the various examples the author tells regarding past installations, designs, etc that his company dealt with. There are many of these examples scattered throughout the book.
Overall, this is a good book for all-around wireless education. All major topics are covered. I didn't see anything major in the book that I disagreed with. If you want to know how 802.11b/g/a/n works, this book is a great start down that road.
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If your looking for an encyclopedic guide that will help you become fluent in the design and deployment of 802.11n networks, this is the book for you. Jim Geier, the author of this excellent title is the founder and principal consultant at Wireless-Nets Ltd. Jim has taken his 25 years of industry experience and utilized it to create a unique experience for his audience. This book is structured into five parts and 20 chapters, each encompassing key topics ranging from basic wireless fundamentals to design and operation methodologies.
Part I - Fundamental Concepts
Part II - The 802.11 Standard
Part III - Wireless Network Design
Part IV - Wireless Network Installation and Deployment
Part V - Operational Support Considerations
Throughout the book the author uses real world case studies to reinforce concepts and provide readers insight into the applications of the knowledge they are acquiring. Depending on your level of knowledge, some readers will find parts one and two of this book to be pretty straightforward and self explanatory. In part three, the author begins to depict the fundamental concepts that the reader will need to become proficient in designing wireless networks. The author breaks down the design process into 7 manageable steps which will guide you to creating successful network designs.
The fourth and fifth parts of the book instruct readers on how to perform site surveys, what tools to use, how to install and configure a wireless LAN, and the correct ways to test, manage and troubleshoot your design. Overall this book does an excellent job of teaching the reader the core elements he or she will need to successfully design wireless n networks. Jim Geier has created a great guide and thus i would highly recommend this book to anyone trying to gain a better understanding of 802.11n networks.
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One of the most useful features of this book for the engineer in the field are the real operational experience he shares with you. You get a chance to learn about defining & scoping customer requirements, an understanding of systems architectures, and implementation considerations such as performance, RF, and security. In addition, he walks you through installation and acceptance procedures as well as testing and support.
From my perspective, this book is as complete as any I have read. Very well written; at a level even the novice engineer can appreciate.
With this book, the reader will be able to have a better understanding of; physical layer and related standards, learn how to manage, install, secure, and configure WLANS, and migrate from older wireless standards. Also be able to plan, do site surveys, and staging equipment.