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TitleMobile Data & Wireless Lan Technologies
Author(s)Rifaat A. Dayem
PublishedJanuary 1997
PublisherPrentice Hall PTR
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
In this book, as in the companion "PCS and Digital Cellular Technologies" (see reviews), Dayem does not specify an audience. It is, however, quite clear from the material that both books are introductory rather than reference works, and aimed primarily at the non-technical, or at least non-specialist, audience. As with the PCS book, Dayem's technical level is quite uneven; sometimes getting bogged down in too much detail, and other times not providing enough. Of the two, though, this current work comes off the worse in regard to consistency. This may be because the LAN field requires more technical specifics, and a more thorough set of explanations. The section on media access control (MAC) is fundamental to understanding later material, but is particularly poorly explained. Besides carrier sense multiple access (CSMA) and time division multiple access (TDMA), a variety of other access methods are mentioned--but not taught. (Some don't even make it into the index or glossary.) This lack of material may be justified on the basis of the author's later admission that the first two methods are effectively the only ones used in the commercial systems reviewed in chapter seven--but in that case, why mention the others in the first place? In the absence of other references with the same practical coverage and introductory aim, this book does provide a very useful guide for those looking into the wireless LAN field. It is not, though, without flaws. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997

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