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Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio: A Wi-Fi Expert's Story of the Beginning of Broadband Wireless Network Technology or A Beginner Can Set Up and Create a New Wi-Fi or Bluetooth System Paperback – August 15, 2011

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Wi-Fi was a huge success. But knowing how the story ends doesn't take away any of the wonder and enjoyment of reading a first-hand account of how it all came to be...and thanks to Hills and his team at Carnegie Mellon, we have a technology that...we don't really have to think much about. - James Floyd Kelly, Wired.com

Dr. Hills has now written a book, Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio, that supplies an engaging look at a key moment..in the history of wireless..there's a little technology here, but that's delightfully mixed with personal anecdotes, an interesting cast of characters, and, again, some history we really don't want to lose.-Craig Mathias,Network World

This fascinating and little known story is the subject of a new book, Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio...it's the account of how Hills, with the help of his team and overseas colleagues, overcame major obstacles to create the world's first wireless campus at CMU, an unfathomable idea in 1993. - Deb Smit, Innovation

This fine book, the memoir of a pioneer in the development of Wi-Fi, will interest a wide variety of readers, technogeeks...and anyone in search of a good read. Alex Hills...writes beautifully, with an appealing style of clarity and authority. He is also humble, eschewing the title of inventor of Wi-Fi that some have given him.--Bill Klykylo, CQ

In the mid-1990s Alex Hills built a huge wireless network at Carnegie Mellon University that became the prototype for modern Wi-Fi networks--a story he tells in his book Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio. - David Pogue, Scientific American

From the Inside Flap

"After bringing modern communications to Alaska's Native villages,
Dr. Alex Hills continued on to make great contributions in the
world of wireless technology. Dr. Hills is a fine writer and teacher,
so I have no doubt that his book will be both fascinating and entertaining."
-- Walter J. Hickel, (1919-2010),
former United States Secretary of Interior

"I know of no one so capable of telling the Wi-Fi story and explaining
so clearly how the technology works. Alex Hills is certain to
capture the public imagination with this new book."
-- Jim Geier, Principal Consultant, Wireless-Nets, Ltd. and Wi-Fi author

"Alex Hills has contributed to the developing world and to developing
advanced wireless technology at one of the world's most techsavvy
universities. Working on both frontiers, Dr. Hills pioneered
wireless Internet and launched a revolution in the way the world
communicates. His story of how we "cut the cord" begins in a place
where there were no cords to begin with -- remote Alaska."
-- Mead Treadwell, Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and
former Chair, United States Arctic Research Commission

"Being from Alaska, I am aware of the great contributions Dr Alex
Hills made to my state in building its communication systems.
Later, I discovered the importance of his Wi-Fi work through an
article about him in The Economist. Alex's work has raised the
quality of a lot of people's lives, including mine."
-- Steve Cowper, former Governor of Alaska
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457505606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457505607
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's more a personal story about how the author went from ham radio to working with wi-fi - I was hoping for something more technical. However, I generally enjoy these historical prose so I gave it 3 stars.
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An easy read full of information in a very easy to understand form. You don't realize how much information you are learning in this story like lesson. A great book for someone who wants to learn a bit about wifi. Best beginner book I have ever seen not a boring dry text book by one of the people who helped bring wifi to us all. Highly recommended to anyone from young readers to adult.
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Amazon's book description says "At 36,000 feet, Wi-Fi converts our airline seats to remote offices. It lets us read email in airports, watch video in coffee shops, and listen to music at home. Wi-Fi is everywhere. But where did it come from?"

One review is entitled "This is how WiFi happened..."

Sounds tempting, but if you want the answer to these issues this is not the right book. However, it is a good book about the author's career excitement with wireless technology in both a rural area and an urban university as well as in amateur radio.

But the Wi-Fi part is really about how the author engineered the first wide area Wi-Fi system (named Andrew) at the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The author did not develop Wi-Fi and does not claim he did so. This book references The Innovation Journey of Wi-Fi: The Road to Global Success by Wolter Lemstra, Vic Hayes, and John Groenewegen in which Prof. Hills is credited for his innovations in the engineering of wide area networks. If you want a duller description but more detailed description of where Wi-Fi came from and its adoption, go to the Lemstra, Hayes & Groenewegen book.

But this book is a lot more readable and is quite interesting about what it actually discusses. Unfortunately the back cover information, Amazon description, and some of the reviews are misleading about what exactly is covered.
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I bought this book initially because I thought it was focused on the early days of wireless. Yes, that's included. But, what really makes this book stand out is that the author also talks about some of his experiences in the early days of radio. Working in early public radio in Alaska?! the station that would get fan mail from people in the former U.S.S.R. who were close enough to Alaska to hear the radio? Fascinating. Well, the second part of the book really gets into the history of wireless, which is also great. I guess it's just a rich, well-rounded book with lots of interesting stories! Definitely recommend.
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Dr. Hills intertwines his autobiography, the history of radio, the Alaskan bush, and the development of Wi-Fi into a very interesting and informative book. His descriptions and usage of radio technology and the bad boys of radio were easy for this non-technophobe to understand and relate how these helped with the creation of Wi-Fi.

This book will be a Christmas gift for many of my lower 48 friends and relatives. Interspersed with the history of radio in the NW Alaskan bush is an excellent description of what most of Alaska is all about and why we are so different from the other 49 states. The easy to understand, non-technical description of the development of Wi-Fi will help all my email, computer friends and relatives understand how we got to where we are. The development of Wi-Fi owes much to Dr. Hills and Carneige-Mellon University.

Dr. Hills continues to share his ability to stimulate the creativity of students and help many countries throughout the world.
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I met Alex at the University of Alaska in the late 1980s and instantly liked him because of his joy at stretching technology. I'm an electrical engineer and now I write communication software that relies on WiFi and other wireless networks. I had lots of fun reading about the early days of wireless networking.

Alex gives you a good view of how things are developed. I like the descriptions of university life and interactions with companies. He talks about what makes the process work - the people that drive it because they get excited about seeing their ideas become real.

Alex's ham radio stories were great. I connected with them because as a kid, I built a ham radio receiver and listened to those guys clicking out Morse code - but voice was a lot more understandable to me. My uncle was a ham before WWII and I had played with his gear up in my grandmother's attic. When Alex described the difference between a key and a bug - I was right there with him.

I'm sending a copy to my uncle who now lives in England and, at age 90, still has a 'wireless' rig that he uses to chat with other hams.
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Alex Hills created a new model for adventurers. As a boy in 1958, he conquered International Morse Code to communicate worldwide as a ham radio operator. As a young man, he took a radio job in remote Kotzebue, Alaska, where he honed his problem-solving skills as DJ and repairman and as an erector of a high-wind antenna, thanks to the men of Ignaluk on Little Diomede island. His skills lead him to Carnegie Mellon University where Hills begins the exciting research which eventually allows mastery of "the bad boys of radio" and the invention of WiFi as well as a CMU-patented tool known as the Rollabout which, among other things, uses "WiFi coverage...critical to improving mine safety." And what about the "bad boys"? You'll find out when you read the book.
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