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Networking Fundamentals: Wide, Local and Personal Area Communications

Kaveh Pahlavan, Prashant Krishnamurthy

ISBN: 978-0-470-99290-6 June 2009 656 Pages


Focusing on the physical layer, Networking Fundamentals provides essential information on networking technologies that are used in both wired and wireless networks designed for local area networks (LANs) and wide-area networks (WANs). The book starts with an overview of telecommunications followed by four parts, each including several chapters. Part I explains the principles of design and analysis of information networks at the lowest layers. It concentrates on the characteristics of the transmission media, applied transmission and coding, and medium access control. Parts II and III are devoted to detailed descriptions of important WANs and LANs respectively with Part II describing the wired Ethernet and Internet as well as cellular networks while Part III covers popular wired LANs and wireless LANs (WLANs), as well as wireless personal area network (WPAN) technologies. Part IV concludes by examining security, localization and sensor networking. The partitioned structure of the book allows flexibility in teaching the material, encouraging the reader to grasp the more simple concepts and to build on these foundations when moving onto more complex information.

Networking Fundamentals contains numerous illustrations, case studies and tables to supplement the text, as well as exercises with solutions at the end of each chapter. There is also a companion website with password protected solutions manual for instructors along with other useful resources.

  • Provides a unique holistic approach covering wireless communication technologies, wired technologies and networking
  • One of the first textbooks to integrate all aspects of information networks while placing an emphasis on the physical layer and systems engineering aspects
  • Contains numerous illustrations, case studies and tables to supplement the text, as well as exercises with solutions at the end of each chapter
  • Companion website with password protected solutions manual and other useful resources
About the Authors.


1. Introduction to Information Networks.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Evolution of Wide-Area Networks.

1.3 Evolution of Local Networks.

1.4 Structure of the book.


2. Characteristics of the Medium.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Guided Media.

2.3 Wireless Media.

3. Fundamentals of Physical Layer Transmission.

3.1 Information Transmission.

3.2 Transmission Techniques and Signal Constellation.

3.3 Performance of the Physical Layer.

3.4 Wideband Modems.

4. Coding and Reliable Packet Transmission.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Source Coding and Framing Techniques.

4.3 FEC Coding.

4.4 Coding for Spread-Spectrum and Code-Division Multiple Access Systems.

4.5 ARQ Schemes.

4.6 Flow Control Protocols.

5. Medium Access Methods.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Centralized Assigned Access Schemes.

5.3 Distributed Random Access Networks.

5.4 Integration of Voice and Data Traffic.


6. The Internet.

6.1 Introduction: Internet Infrastructure.

6.2 Addressing.

6.3 Quality of Service.

6.4 Bridges or LAN Switches.

6.5 Switches.

6.6 Routers.

7. Cellular Networks.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 General Architecture of a Cellular Network.

7.3 Mechanisms to Support a Mobile Environment.

7.4 Protocol Stack in Cellular Networks.

7.5 Physical Layer in TDMA Air Interface.

7.6 Physical Layer in CDMA Air Interface.

7.7 Achieving Higher Data Rates in Cellular Networks.

7.8 Deployment of Cellular Networks.


8. IEEE 802-3 Ethernet.

8.1 Introduction.

8.2 Legacy 10 Mb/s Ethernet.

8.3 Evolution of the Physical Layer.

8.4 Emergence of Additional Features for Ethernet.

9. IEEE Wireless Local-Area Network  Standards.

9.1 Introduction.

9.2 IEEE 802.11 and WLANs.

9.3 IEEE 802.16 (WiMAX).

10. IEEE 802.15 Wireless Personal-Area Network.

10.1 Introduction.

10.2 IEEE 802.15.1 Bluetooth.

10.3 Interference between Bluetooth and 802.11.

10.4 IEEE 802.15.3 Ultra Wideband  Wireless.

10.5 IEEE 802.15.4 ZigBee.


11. Network Security.

11.1 Introduction.

11.2 Network Attacks and Security Issues.

11.3 Protection and Prevention.

11.4 Detection.

11.5 Assessment and Response.

12. Wireless Localization.

12.1 Introduction.

12.2 What is Wireless Geolocation?

12.3 RF Location Sensing and Positioning Methodologies.

12.4 LCS Architecture for Cellular Systems.

12.5 Positioning in Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks.

13. Wireless Sensor Networks.

13.1 Introduction.

13.2 Sensor Network Applications.

13.3 Sensor Network Architecture and Sensor Devices.

13.4 The PHY Layer in Sensor Networks.

13.5 The MAC Layer in Sensor Networks.

13.6 Higher Layer Issues in Sensor Networks.


Appendix A: What is Decibel?

Appendix B: STC for Two Transmitters and One Receiver.

Appendix C: Source Coding.

C.1 Source Coding for Voice.

C.2 Source Coding for Images and Video.

Appendix D: Acronyms.

Appendic E: List of Variables.


?5/5 stars? (IT Training,, November 2009)

?I would wholeheartedly recommend the book to everyone, whether novices or expert, as it covers an incredible amount of knowledge on communication.? (BCS, September 2009)

Networking Fundamentals Visit the companion website to access the instructors solution manual and other useful resources.
·         A fully comprehensive, self-contained textbook on networking fundamentals – all the essential reading for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in one book!

·         Differs from existing CS orientated textbooks, by focusing on physical layer and systems engineering aspects which have been the main thrust of all recent innovations in networking technologies

·         Companion website features: solutions manual, presentation slides, glossary and other useful resources