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TitleVoice and Data Communications Handbook: Signature Edition (McGraw-Hill Computer Communications Series)
Author(s)J. Regis "Bud" Bates, Regis J. Voice and Data Communications Handbook Bates, Donald W. Gregory
ISBN0070063966
LanguageEnglish
PublishedDecember 1997
PublisherMcGraw-Hill
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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
One could be forgiven for thinking that a handbook, as the name implies, should fit in the hand. This book is more akin to those Bibles that are more or less permanently affixed to lecterns. On the other hand (there's that word again), many ready reference works, as they age and mature, do tend to enlarge, so it has plenty of company in that regard. However, this book isn't quite that type of reference. What it is, is an overview and introduction to pretty much any aspect of voice or data communications. For the non-technical, or non- specialist, manager, the text provides a quick, readable, and reasonable "first take" on the myriad communications technologies, from your telephone set, to PCS (Personal Communications Systems). While the approach is light, and even frivolous at times, the material is reliable, and never forsakes accuracy for the sake of a simplistic answer. (Bates also has a slightly different approach, but the same ironic take on telephone company "service" that I do in respect of the "tone dial" offering.) Chapter one is a history of the American telephone industry from the invention of the telephone until 1984. The characteristics of sound, and the means for sharing bandwidth, are well explained in chapter two. Chapter three describes a simplified, user-level view of the telephone network, without geting involved in technical details. The telephone set, itself, and basic functions are covered in chapter four. The discussion of analogue and digital information in chapter five perhaps goes too far in trying to keep the explanation simple, and may not fully express the advantages of digital information encoding. Chapter six talks about the various types of telephone carriers. While this information is presented generically, it may be primarily useful to those in the US. The difference between lines and trunks is important to the economics of telecommunications, and is dealt with in chapter seven. Chapter eight uses information from most of the preceeding text to look at traffic engineering. Having done an analysis of traffic needs, the user can determine equipment requirements with help from chapter nine. Chapter ten supplements the material with extra detail on key systems, while chapter eleven enhances it with a discussion of voice processing. A new chapter in this edition looks at computer-telephony integration. Data communications concepts and basics are overviewed in chapter thirteen, which covers a lot of ground rapidly by relying on concepts already explained. Voice and data are melded in the T-carrier system thoroughly explained. Chapter fifteen explains the need for, and higher layers of, the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) model of networking, but may nto do as well in illustrating the basic levels. The new chapters on the Internet, and intranets, may be a little out of place coming before packet switching, which is covered very well. A chapter introduces the basics of local area networking, while the two major media access methods, ethernet and token ring, are covered separately. The pros and cons of baseband and broadband are well defined. Fiber-distributed data interface (FDDI), switched multi- megabit data services (SMDS), and frame relay have enough to base decisions on, but may leave some wondering why or if this might be important to them. The explanation of ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) is considerably better. The chapter on ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Method) is mixed, with some good tutorial, and other references that rely on concepts not well explained previously. Cellular and PCS (Personal Communications Systems) get a good review, but do have a North American bias. Radio discusses satellite and microwave transmissions. Light based systems are seen as simply another form of microwave (which they are). The last few chapters seem to have been somewhat misplaced. Two specific applications, video conferencing and facsimile transmission are separated by the dicussion of financing, which legitmately stands alone. Cabling, in chapter thirty one, might more properly belong with earlier discussions of media. Real techies will not find much for them in this book, although they won't find much to fault, either. On the other hand, for someone moving into a new field, or needing just a quick introduction to a given technology; enough to use for discussion; this is just the ticket. The material provided is pretty consistently aimed at a non- technical management level. The contents would be very useful for the non-specialist to use in order to come up to speed on basics needed for discussions regarding a telecommunications project. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1998

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Your one-stop Telephony and Telecom answer book. Get jargon-free answers to your questions on virtually every aspect of today's telephony and telecommunications systems in Voice & Data Communications Handbook, Signature Edition, by Regis J. "Bud" Bates and Donald Gregory. With this all-in-one guide you'll quickly master the essentials of analog, digital and analog-to-digital transmission-Internet and intranet hook-ups-engineering traffic to minimize congestion and disruptions-PBXs-competitive local exchange providers-voice processing and data communications-T1 and T-carrier systems-OSI-X.25-Ethernet and Token-Ring LANs-baseband versus broadband-frame relay-ISDN-ATM-video conferencing-light voice and data systems-and much more.

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