Student Resources
Wireless Communications and Networks, Second Edition

Last updated: Monday, August 16, 2010

Useful Documents

Standards Organizations: A review of some important standards-making organizations, including IETF, ITU, ISO, IEEE 802, and ATM Forum.
TCP/IP Checksum: Describes the error-detection calculation used by TCP, IP, and some other protocols
RC4: Describes the RC4 stream encryption algorithm.
Errata sheet: Latest list of errors, updated at most monthly.File name is Errata-Wireless2e-mmyy. If you spot any errors, please report them .

Useful Web Sites

Computer Science Student Resource Site: Help and advice for the long-suffering, overworked student.

Chapter 1 - Introduction

IT World's Wireless: Provides a wide range of information on wireless technology, mostly from a management perspective.
Wireless Developer Network: News, tutorials, and discussions on wireless topics
Office of Spectrum Managment: responsible for managing the Federal Government's use of the radio frequency spectrum." There are many informative features on this Web site, including documents, links, and a frequency allocation chart.

Chapter 2 - Transmission Fundamentals

Fourier Series Synthesis: An excellent visualization tool for Fourier series.
Johns Hopkins Signals Demonstrations: Another source of visualization tools.
Math and Physics Applets: Yet another source of visualization tools.

Chapter 3 - Communication Networks

ATM Hot Links: Excellent collection of white papers and links
Cell Relay Retreat: Contains archives of the cell-relay mailing list, links to numerous ATM-related documents, and links to many ATM-related web sites.

Chapter 4 - Protocols and the TCP/IP Suite

Networking Links: Excellent collection of links related to TCP/IP.
IPv6 Forum: An industry consortium that promotes IPv6-related products. Includes a number of white papers and articles.
OSI History: A brief history of the origins of the OSI model.

Chapter 5 - Antennas and Propagation

About Antennas: Good source of information and links.
U.S. Frequency Allocation Chart: Chart plus background paper

Chapter 7 - Spread Spectrum

Spread Spectrum Scene: Excellent source of information, including technical papers, links, and an online magazine.

Chapter 9 - Satellite Communications

Lloyd Wood's Satellite Web Page: Good source of information about commercial satellite technology
Satellite Industry Association: U.S.-based trade association.

Chapter 10 - Cellular Wireless Communications

CDMA Development Group: A consortium of wireless companies active in CDMA wireless systems around the world.
Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association: Another industry consortium.
3G Americas: A trade group of Western Hemisphere companies supporting TDMA, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, and UMTS. Includes industry news, white papers, and other technical information.

Chapter 11 - Cordless Systems and Wireless Local Loop

Wireless Communications Association International: Represents the fixed broadband wireless access industry worldwide. Good set of links..
IEEE 802.16 Working Group on Fixed Broadband Wireless Standards: Contains working group documents plus discussion archives.
NIST Radio Frequency Electronics Group: The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Good source of informatoin on fixed wireless access and other topics.

Chapter 12 - Mobile IP and WAP

Open Mobile Alliance: Consolidation of the WAP Forum and the Open Mobile Architecture Initiative. Provides WAP technical specifications and industry links.

Chapter 13 - Wireless LAN Technology

Wireless LAN Association: Gives an introduction to the technology, including a discussion of implementation considerations, and case studies from users. Links to related sites.

Chapter 14 - IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Standard

IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Working Group: Contains working group documents plus discussion archives
Wi-Fi Alliance: An industry group promoting the interoperabiltiy of 802.11 products with each other.

Chapter 15 - Bluetooth

Bluetooth SIG: Contains all the standards, numerous other documents, and news and information on Bluetooth companies and products.
Infotooth: An excellent supplementary source of information on Bluetooth.
IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Personal Area Networks: Covers Bluetooth and related networks.
ZigBee Alliance: White papers, documents, and vendor information concerning ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4.