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The World Wide Wi-Fi: Technological Trends and Business Strategies

ISBN: 978-0-471-47824-9
224 pages
April 2004
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Your success guide to the next wireless revolution
The next watershed innovation in wireless technology is here: IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks (LANs).
Recent studies from IDC indicate that the Wi-Fi wireless LAN market will likely account for ninety percent of projected LAN equipment revenues by 2005-a trend that promises to spill over into home wireless networks. Yet this amazing growth has also created confusion: Which version of 802.11 is best for vendors and end-users? What about solutions such as the a/g and a/b combinations of the 802.11 standards?
In World Wide Wi-Fi: Technological Trends and Business Strategies, Teik-Kheong (TK) Tan and Benny Bing provide a clear, accessible road map of the Wi-Fi wireless LAN market. Unlike most books on wireless local area networks (WLANs), this must-have resource explains both the business and technology of WLANs, and offers ready-to-use tactics and strategies for thriving in this lucrative field. Along the way, you'll also gain insight into the emerging Wi-Fi standards.
World Wide Wi-Fi presents:
* Key technological issues related to the design and deployment of Wi-Fi wireless LANs
* An insider's look at market dynamics, market segmentation, service provider, enterprise, and chipset strategies
* The interrelationship between the 802.11a, b, and g standards
* And much more
Supported by real statistics and case studies, plus profiles of suppliers, regulators, and other market players, this one-of-a-kind guide helps you create effective market penetration strategies and evaluate vendor-specific features. Ultimately, World Wide Wi-Fi defines the 802.11 market: its rapid expansion, its challenges, and its future. Most of all, it's your invitation to profit from everything that this red-hot industry has to offer.
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Foreword.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1. Introduction.

Chapter 2. IEEE 802.11 Standards.

Chapter 3. Wi-Fi Network Security.

Chapter 4. QoS Provisioning for 802.11 Wireless Home Networks.

Chapter 5. Wi-Fi Hotspots.

Chapter 6. Market Segmentation and Analysis.

Chapter 7. Wireless LAN IC Industry.

Chapter 8. Emerging Trends and Case Studies for Wi-Fi.

Glossary.

Related Web Sites.

Index.

About the Authors.

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Teik-Kheong (TK) Tan is Chair of the Wireless LANs Next Generation Committee of the IEEE 802.11 Standards Working Group. He also chairs the Wireless Interworking Group (a committee supported by IEEE 802.11 WG, ETSI-BRAN and MMAC). He is also the senior product manager for the Wireless LAN Product Line of Philips Semiconductors, San Jose, USA.

Benny Bing is a research faculty member with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the author of Wireless Local Area Networks: The New Wireless Revolution.

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"This book is designed for networking professionals and IT executives who are interested in developing tactics and strategies that take advantage of the exciting Wi-Fi wireless LAN market." (Microwave Journal, July 2004)

"The authors provide a very approachable text to previous and present technologies in wireless local area networking, but this book is technical enough that it provides new information even to the more advanced reader." (E-Streams, Vol. 7, No. 6)

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