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  • Book Reviews

    Mobile Radio Communications, 2nd ed.R. Steele, L. Hanzo; Pentech Press, London, ISBN 0-471-


    This is the second edition of the book Mobile Radio

    Communications (published in 1992). The book aims to

    portray the evolutionary avenue bridging the second and

    third generation systems. The book is concerned with the

    principles and techniques of digital mobile radio, the so-

    called physical layer aspects of mobile transmissions

    communications and only marginally with mobile radio

    network issues.

    The second edition reects the current state-of-the-art by

    featuring: (i) expanded and updated sections of mobile

    transmission techniques and expanded coverage of the

    GSM system; (ii) three new chapters dealing with the excit-

    ing subjects of multimedia mobile communications, the

    proposed 3G CDMA (W-CDMA) systems and WATM.

    The book truly covers the eld the authors have claimed it

    will. The book is intelligible and is easy to read. The struc-

    ture of the book is very natural and explicit.

    I think the book is an excellent academic opus for mobile

    communication engineers, designers, researchers and


    I think the book is value for money.

    A.V. Vasilakos

    P.O. Box 65251, 15410 Psychiko,

    Athens, Greece

    E-mail address:

    0140-3664/01/$ - see front matter q 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. Allrights reserved.

    PII: S0140-3664(00)00235-8

    Internet Core ProtocolE.A. Hall; O'Reilly, February 2000

    Internet Core Protocol is a TCP/IP owner's manual that

    discusses the Internet protocols from the standpoint of a

    network administrator. The book goes into the detail of

    some typical Internet protocols, explains how they work,

    what can go wrong and what problems a network adminis-

    trator usually has to solve. Detailed examples of the proto-

    cols in action, including traces help to understand the

    complex relationship of a multitude of RFCs.

    The protocols that are present in any IP networks

    especially ARP, ICMP, IGMP, IP, TCP and UDP are

    included in the book. In addition the standardization process

    and IP addressing scheme is covered.

    In an accompanying CD the complete text of all the RFCs

    that were available from the IETF when the book was

    published and some different support programs are

    included. The most remarkable program included here is

    Shomiti Systems' Surveyor Lite, a program that can be

    used to view packets on the (readers) live network and to

    examine and to learn about the details of the various proto-

    cols explained in the book.

    In each chapter of the book the relevant standards and

    relevant RFCs are listed and explained afterwards using

    examples of the test network of the author. Where possible

    tips for troubleshooting are given.

    The book can be recommended for two purposes. The

    rst is to learn about TCP/IP networks, which can be

    achieved ideally by reading the chapters introduction and

    about TCP and IP. Then knowledge can be expanded just by

    setting up a home installation of a TCP/IP network and just

    playing and analysing with the Surveyor Life software

    what's going on in that net. The second is for people who

    have already some knowledge on the topic. They can use

    this book to read the reference material and troubleshooting

    tips whenever some problems occur in their network. Also

    problems can be studied with the aid of the Surveyor Lite

    software when packets are captured and examined with the

    information given in the detailed reference sections of the

    appropriate chapters.

    H. Weik

    Hummelbergstr. 15 , D-70195

    Stuttgart, Germany

    0140-3664/01/$ - see front matter q 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. Allrights reserved.

    PII: S0140-3664(00)00269-3

    High-Speed Wireless ATM and LANSBenny Bing, ISBN 1-58053-092-3, 250 pages

    This book provides a comprehensive view on the issues

    regarding wireless networking. At rst, the author gives the

    reader an overview of the wireless LAN. These include the

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