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  • Coverage of basic networking concepts in Part One and Appendices.
    • Appropriate for students with little or no background in data communications.

  • Consistent discussion of technology and architecture.
    • Illustrates how a small collection of ingredients—including frequency band, signal encoding techniques, error correction technique, and network architecture—characterize and differentiate wireless communication and networking.

  • Discussion of various network types.
    • Students learn the important types of wireless networks, including satellite, cellular, fixed wireless access, and wireless LANs.

  • Coverage of design approaches throughout the book.
    • Highlights alternative design choices and assesses their relative merits.

  • Integrated discussion of applications.
    • Exposes students to a number of key technologies and applications have been developed on top of wireless infrastructures, especially mobile IP and wireless Web access.

  • Emphasis on both technology and on standards—Provides a comprehensive guide to understanding specific wireless standards, such as those promulgated by ITU and IEEE 802, as well as standards developed by other organizations.
    • Shows the importance of such standards in defining the available products and future research directions in this field.

  • Excellent pedagogy—Includes review questions, list of key words, problems, suggestions for further reading, and a list of relevant Web sites in each chapter. Also includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography.
  • Clear, systematic treatment of all important forward error correction techniques.
    • Provides students with material on an essential and hard to grasp part of all wireless communications systems.

  • Comprehensive treatment of spread spectrum—Covers frequency hopping, direct sequence, spread spectrums, and code division multiple access (CDMA) schemes.
    • Supplies students with a firm foundation in this topic.

  • A thorough discussion of cellular networks—Includes cellular technology; and a survey of first, second, and third generation systems.
    • Presents students with complete coverage of this important and complex aspect of wireless communications and networking.

  • Up-to-date coverage of fixed wireless access, wireless local loop, and includes discussion on the IEEE 802.16 standards.
    • Gives students a necessary, technically sound, and current treatment of rapidly expanding Fixed Wireless Access deployment, and its quickly evolving technology and standards.

  • Thorough coverage of wireless LAN—Includes IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth Standards.
    • Teaches students about the two most important wireless LAN standards.

  • Detailed survey of satellite communications—Discusses transmission parameters and capacity allocation.
    • Helps students master this important area of wireless communications and its own distinct technical design issues.

  • Up-to-date coverage on mobile IP and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).
    • Offers students a look at the new developments related to these two key ingredients of wireless networking.

  • Coverage of essential elements of antennas and propagation—Includes modes of transmission; propagation effects; and fading.
    • Enables students to understand the design issues for various wireless communications and networking schemes.


  • Copyright 2002
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-040864-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-040864-8

Wireless Communications and Networks, by best-selling author William Stallings, covers both wireless communications and wireless networks in a comprehensive fashion. Designed for students and professionals, this text explores the key networking topics with a unique approach covering: technology and architecture, network design approaches, and types of networks and applications.

  • Full treatment of cellular networks, including a discussion of cellular technology, plus a survey of first-, second-, and third-generation systems.
    • Cellular technology is perhaps the most important aspect of wireless communications and networking and also one of the most complex. Provides readers with a well-organized and thorough survey of this area.
  • Comprehensive treatment of spread spectrum.
    • Spread spectrum is pervasive in wireless technology and the author provides a thorough presentation.
  • Coverage of essential elements of antennas and propagation, including modes of transmission, propagation effects, and fading.
    • Readers need a basic foundation in the areas of antennas and propagation to understand the design issues for various wireless communication and networking schemes.
  • Full coverage of forward error correction techniques, including conventional codes and turbo coding.
    • FEC is an essential part of all wireless communications system and the author provides an accessible overview.

Sample Content

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Recommended Reading/Websites and Key Terms, Review Questions, and Problems.)

 1. Introduction.

Wireless Comes of Age. The Cellular Revolution. The Global Cellular Network. Broadband. The Trouble with Wireless. Outline of the Book. Internet and Web Resources.


 2. Transmission Fundamentals.

Signals for Conveying Information. Analog and Digital Data Transmission. Channel Capacity. Transmission Media. Multiplexing.

 3. Communication Networks.

LANs, MANs, and WANs. Switching Techniques. Circuit-Switching. Packet-Switching. Asynchronous Transfer Mode.

 4. Protocols and the TCP/IP Suite.

The Need for a Protocol Architecture. The TCP/IP Protocol Architecture. The OSI Protocol Architecture. Internetworking.


 5. Antennas and Propagation.

Antennas. Propagation Modes. Line-of-Sight Transmission. Fading in the Mobile Environment.

 6. Signal Encoding Techniques.

Signal Encoding Criteria. Digital Data, Analog Signals. Analog Data, Analog Signals. Analog Data, Digital Signals.

 7. Spread Spectrum.

The Concept of Spread Spectrum. Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum. Code-Division Multiple Access. Generation of Spreading Sequences.

 8. Coding and Error Control.

Error Detection. Block Error Correction Codes. Convolutional Codes. Automatic Repeat Request.


 9. Satellite Communications.

Satellite Parameters and Configurations. Capacity Allocation—Frequency Division. Capacity Allocation—Time Division.

10. Cellular Wireless Networks.

Principles of Cellular Networks. First Generation Analog. Second Generation TDMA. Second Generation CDMA. Third Generation Systems.

11. Cordless Systems and Wireless Local Loop.

Cordless Systems. Wireless Local Loop. IEEE 802.16 Fixed Broadband Wireless Access Standard.

12. Mobile IP and Wireless Access Protocol.

Mobile IP. Wireless Application Protocol.


13. Wireless LAN Technology.

Overview. Infrared LANs. Spread Spectrum LANs. Narrowband Microwave LANs.

14. IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard.

IEEE 802 Protocol Architecture. IEEE 802.11 Architecture and Services. IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control. IEEE 802.11 Physical Layer.

15. Bluetooth.

Overview. Radio Specifications. Baseband Specification. Link Manager Specification. Logical Link Control and Adaptation Protocol.


Appendix A: Standards and Standard-Setting Organizations.

The Importance of Standards. Standards and Regulation. The International Telecommunications Union. Internet Standards and the Internet Society. IEEE 802 Standards.

Appendix B: Traffic Analysis.

Basic Traffic Concepts. Multiserver Models. Recommending Reading.

Appendix C: Fourier Analysis.

Fourier Series Representation of Periodic Signals. Fourier Transform Representation of Aperiodic Signals. Recommended Reading.

Appendix D: Data Link Control Protocols.

High-Level Data Link Control.




Wireless technology has become the most exciting area in telecommunications and networking. The rapid growth of mobile telephone use, various satellite services, and now the wireless Internet are generating tremendous changes in telecommunications and networking. This book explores the key topics in the field in the following general categories:

  • Technology and architecture: There is a small collection of ingredients that serves to characterize and differentiate wireless communication and networking, including frequency band, signal encoding technique, error correction technique, and network architecture.
  • Network type: This book covers the important types of wireless networks, including satellite, cellular, fixed wireless access, and wireless LANs.
  • Design approaches: The book examines alternative design choices and assesses their relative merits.
  • Applications: A number of key technologies and applications have been developed on top of wireless infrastructures, especially mobile IP and wireless Web access.

The book includes an extensive glossary, a list of frequently used acronyms, and a bibliography. Each chapter includes problems, suggestions for further reading, and a list of relevant Web sites. Each chapter also includes, for review, a list of key words and a number of review questions.

Throughout, there is an emphasis on both technology and on standards. The book provides a comprehensive guide to understanding specific wireless standards, such as those promulgated by ITU and IEEE 802, as well as standards developed by other organizations. This emphasis reflects the importance of such standards in defining the available products and future research directions in this field.

Intended Audience

This book is intended for a broad range of readers who will benefit from an understanding of wireless communications and networks, and the associated technologies. This includes students and professionals in the fields of data processing and data communications, designers and implementers, and data communication and networking customers and managers. The book is designed to be self-contained. For the reader with little or no background in data communications, Part One and the appendices cover a number of basic topics.

Internet Services for Instructors and Students

There is a Web site for this book that provides support for students and instructors. The site includes links to other relevant sites, transparency masters of figures and tables in the book in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, and sign-up information for the book's Internet mailing list. The Web page is at WilliamStallings.com/Wireless1e.html; see Section 1.7 for more information. An Internet mailing list has been set up so that instructors using this book can exchange information, suggestions, and questions with each other and with the author. As soon as typos or other errors are discovered, an errata list for this book will be available at WilliamStallings.com.


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