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Local area networks, wide area networks, Internet, wireless networks, technologies, theory, management and planning of networks.

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Ignoring the "smiley" books (BKSMILEY.RVW and BKSMLDCT.RVW) and one rather generic guide to grammar, out of the hundreds of books published so far on the subject of the Internet, this is only the second to be devoted to the etiquette of network communications (after Shea's "Netiquette", cf BKNTQUTT.RVW). It is a valuable and worthwhile addition. Coverage of the topic is very broad-ranging, although it is not, perhaps, complete. The material is very practical, with lists of do's and don'ts, summaries, and question-and-answer sections. Rose has a professional grasp of humour, and it is used extensively and effectively throughout. The book is not without problems. There is a shortage of explanation of the "why" on various topics. Th... Rest of this review on the detail page
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The use of a "spread spectrum", or multiple frequencies, for communication is known in some frequency-division multiplexed local area networks, and in some proprietary high-speed modems. Its use in wireless communications has historically been limited to the military, where the reliability and security in hostile environments have been worth the additional engineering. With the increasing use of, and interest in, mobile and cellular communications, code- division multiple access (CDMA) technology is quite desirable. As well as security, it offers much greater efficiencies of available bandwidth, location and velocity information, and improved "hand off" performance when crossing cell boundaries. Intended as a text for a graduate cour... Rest of this review on the detail page
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It's strange that the AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System or Analog Mobile Phone System; what everyone knows as cell phones) network had been around for a dozen years before the idea for cellular digital packet data (CDPD) was patented. I guess everyone had been waiting for the other guys to come up with a full scale digital cellular network. CDPD is *not* digital cellular, but rather the use of the analog net for the transfer of digital data in a more efficient manner than simply hooking a modem to a cell phone. Chapter two of the book looks at, and compares, the whole range of digital cellular, PCS (Personal Communication Services), and satellite networks. I hope the good folks at Artech won't be offended, but while their titles are... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This book is a serviceable reference to the standards and technology of cellular digital packet data (CDPD). Those implementing CDPD applications will find all the necessary details in regard to packet composition and header formation. I must admit that the implicit, and almost completely subjective, "but" in the preceding paragraph surprised me. After all, the topic is technical, and one doesn't generally expect more than the facts. However, in comparison to Sreetharan and Kumar's "Cellular Digital Packet Data" (see reviews), the current work is somewhat lacking. There is little excitement or sense of challenge. In addition, the complacent tone of the book is unattractive. The acceptance of a m... Rest of this review on the detail page
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I could name an awful lot of modem books that are worse than this, and only a few that are better. Don't get your hopes up--in this field, the best are none too good. Part one contains five chapters giving a general overview of modems and data communications applications. The real meat doesn't start until part two, which discusses modem and software features and installation. The information given is OK, but often breaks down when pushed (V.32terbo and V.Fast are *not* official standards). The advice and directions on installation and configuration will likely get you online--but *won't* get the most from your modem. Part three gives general guidance on what you can do with a fax modem, but little analysis on the pros and cons. P... Rest of this review on the detail page
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