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61. Communication Networks
by AlbertoLeon-Garcia, IndraWidjaja
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Asin: 007246352X
Catlog: Book (2003-07-16)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 66045
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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This book is designed for introductory one-semester or one-year courses in communications networks in upper-level undergraduate programs.The second half of the book can be used in more advanced courses.As pre-requisites the book assumes a general knowledge of computer systems and programming, and elementary calculus.The second edition expands on the success of the first edition by updating ontechnological changes in networks and responding to comprehensive market feedback. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Introductory material
A good book for introduction to the world of telecommunications and networks. Teaches the basics about networks, the OSI model and common protocols in use. ... Read more

62. Wireless Communications and Networking
by Jon W. Mark, Weihua Zhuang
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Asin: 0130409057
Catlog: Book (2002-09-18)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 610507
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Focusing on the fundamentals of wireless communications and networking, this book introduces readers to an overview of the salient features of first and second generation wireless cellular systems, and those perceived for the third generation, with a road map.It identifies theproblems that cause information loss in point-to-point signal transmission through the wireless channel, and discusses techniques suitable for minimizing the information loss. With an acceptable transmission quality, the text proceeds to cover wireless communications in a cellular setting, treating the ramifications in terms of capacity maximization, support for multi-user transmissions, mobility management to facilitate user roaming, and global information delivery through wireless/wireline interworking.For individuals beginning their study of electrical and computer engineering. ... Read more

63. Introduction to Electromagnetic Compatibility(Wiley Series in Microwave and Optical Engineering)
by Clayton R.Paul
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Asin: 0471549274
Catlog: Book (1992-02)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 83056
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Deals with the topic of interference (electromagnetic compatibility) in electronic systems. It builds on basic undergraduate electrical engineering concepts and principles and applies them to the design of electronic systems that operate compatibly with other electronic systems and do not create interference phenomena. To facilitate classroom teaching it is divided in two parts. The first provides the basic principles and skills for review, while the second refers to applications and aspects of EMC design. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars I took Prof. Paul's class using this book as text.
As an engineering student at the University of Kentucky, I took Clayton Paul's EMC class using this book as a text. I took it as a senior elective, but the class was about 50/50 undergrad/grad students (just to give you an idea of the book's intended level).

Several years later as a working engineer in the telecom industry, I still keep and occasionally use Paul's book as reference. EMC isn't something I face that often, but this book is ideal for someone like me who only has to deal with it maybe three or four times a year. With a pretty good engineering and math background, you should have no trouble getting what you need from this book. I recommend it.

But, yes, it does contain quite a few errors. Most of them are just annoying grammatical mistakes, but there are also a handful of technical ones I've found as well. Still, most are obvious enough that they won't steer you in any wrong directions, so don't worry about that. They don't diminish the book's usefulness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Read it all.
Starting first with the negatives, of which they are four. First, do not be fooled by the title word "introduction." This is NOT a book for beginners, but rather senior engineers. If you are new to EMC this is not the book for you. Second, information relative to FCC/CE requirements is dated. Also, some tests relative to CE compliance are not covered. Third, though there are many diagrams, there are almost no pictures. In many cases I found a picture, as opposed to a diagram would have been far more explanatory. Lastly (though it does not bother me in the least, but I thought you would like to know), the book has numerous typos through out its 752 pages.

Ahhhhhh, but what the book is, IS ABSOLUTLY WONDERFUL! As an experienced design consultant, I found information in this book that I have not, and could not find anywhere else. The author has A COMMAND of the subject and it shows. Compared to my peers, I consider myself fairly well versed in the subject of EMC as it pertains to design and debug, but I took a back seat when reading. It was useful even re-reading the things I already knew. The author always offered a new insight. Funny, but after I finished (and it took a while to read) my first thought was "I would really like to meet this guy - to personally request a sequel." For what it is, THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT, well worth the asking price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best in its field
This book is excellent. The author has the unique ability to cover the subject in great detail including all the theory, but yet make the reading very easy and enjoyable. I was amazed that I could read 750 pages of advanced and new material in a few weeks. The book unfortunately has many errors and typos which prevents me from giving it 5 stars. ... Read more

64. Adobe Premiere Pro for Dummies
by KeithUnderdahl
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Asin: 076454344X
Catlog: Book (2003-10-13)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 93576
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* An essential resource for anyone who wants to get up and running with this popular video-editing application, from amateur and hobbyist filmmakers to professionals who want to explore the possibilities of editing on a PC
* Explains how to shoot good footage, get digital video onto a PC, set up a Premiere production studio, edit clips, add effects, work with audio, and output the finished product or share it online
* Released day and date with the new software version, the book covers the latest Premiere features and improvements
* Keith Underdahl, the author of Digital Video For Dummies (0-7645-4114-5) and other books on digital video, has broad experience as both an amateur videographer and professional video producer
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65. Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks
by Jack Unger
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Asin: 1587050692
Catlog: Book (2003-02-26)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Sales Rank: 53235
Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Best practices for planning and deployment of broadband WWANs

  • Learn insider tips from an experienced wireless industry leader
  • Understand the principles that underlie the operation of all wireless systems
  • Learn how to provide profitable and reliable wireless Internet access
  • Select the most effective equipment and antenna systems for your area
  • Avoid common pitfalls encountered by new wireless network operators
  • Minimize the effects of noise and interference on your network
  • Enjoy the satisfaction of providing wireless Internet access to your community
  • Practice the business principles used by successful wireless ISPs (WISPs)
  • Use 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g equipment more successfully in your own home, office, or outdoor environment
  • Choose the right network architecture for your wireless network
  • Conduct physical site surveys and radio-frequency (RF) site surveys

License-free broadband wireless wide-area networks (WWANs) provide fast deployment of low-cost, high-speed "last-mile" wireless Internet access. License-free wireless technology delivers these benefits without requiring the use of products or services provided by local telephone or cable companies. WWANs enable Internet service providers (ISPs) and corporate IT managers to deploy their own cost-efficient broadband networks that deliver high-speed access for buildings and areas where traditional wired connectivity is either completely unavailable or is cost-prohibitive.

Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks is the first book that provides complete, real-world "start-to-finish" design, installation, operation, and support information for wireless ISPs and other organizations deploying outdoor wireless WANs-including coverage of 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and proprietary-protocol networks. This vendor-neutral book covers all brands of broadband wireless equipment and explains the principles upon which all wireless equipment is based. Inside, you'll find step-by-step instructions and crystal-clear explanations that walk you through initial planning stages and onto full wireless network operation. End-of-chapter review questions reinforce important concepts.

Whether you're an IT director, ISP engineer, network architect, or field technician, Deploying License-Free Wireless Wide-Area Networks is your essential reference. With practical, in-depth coverage of the real-world challenges of outdoor, license-free wireless WAN deployment, this book provides a comprehensive, vendor-neutral guide to successful wireless network design and operation.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is the real thing
As an owner of a mid sized WISP, the author has captured the real life problem we experience both from a strategic and field perspective. From antenna alternatives, pros and cons of varying polarization, business issues to consider and multitudes of other factors that must be balanced to support a customer service organization delivering wireless internet services. Thanks! My entire staff was required to read this book cover to cover.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - Highly recommended
This is the best book in the wireless industry. A very easy read, Deploying License Free Wireles Wide Area Networks is laid out in a manner that builds upon the information from earlier chapters. Jack is very thorough in the information presented. Jack's book includes everything from the basics of the physics of microwave propogation, designing your wireless network infrastruce, doing site surveys, choosing wireless network equipment and antenna selection. For layperson and professional alike, every reader is sure to benefit from the vast knowledge Jack presents in this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everythng You Could Possibly Know About Wireless WANs
If you are interested in a wireless Wide Area network then this is the book for you. Novices to experts will get a comprehensive detailed explanation of how to implement wireless wide area networks. From the definitions to the diagrams and equations detailing what is needed, where to place it, how it works and how to troubleshoot it to keep it running, Mr. Unger has covered it all. He is direct and to the point in giving you useful information on site surveying, antenna evaluation, selecting equipment, installing outdoor wireless systems, solving noise and interference problems, internet access. One look at the table of contents of each chapter listed in the beginning of the book you will have the entire story. Each chapter is full of information to enrich your knowledgebase and will also assist in the pursuit of the wireless certifications. The book keeps the focus on the subject matter at hand while not subjecting you to a dry boring delivery. Although technical, it is easy to follow no matter what your experience level. There is a ten step process for selecting the preliminary network architecture that makes the reader feel that success is very easy to achieve. There are details on how perform site surveys, he makes understanding radio frequencies simple, you learn almost everything there is to know about antennas and evaluating and selecting your equipment. This book gives you the principles of all wireless systems while staying vendor neutral you know you are able to apply this information to most brands of hard ware and software. The information on 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g equipment is useful whether you are using it in your home, office or outdoors. This a real-world guide to designing and the implementation of the license free wireless WAN. Mr. Unger is an expert with years of experience behind him and it is detailed in this book. When reading this book you have no doubt that the author has installed more than one and has studied this for quite some time. This was written in such a manner that you will be able to avoid most of the mistakes that are encountered when setting up an operation of this magnitude. You get the feeling that this will work the first time after you have read this book. You are given information on how to work with the FCC which shows that Mr. Unger has attempted to cover every obstacle that you could possibly face when setting up a wireless WAN. You know you will save money by avoiding the cost of leasing broadband links by following this highly informative guide to wireless. There are references in the appendix to several website imaginable dealing with the topic of wireless hardware, test equipment, books, training, peripherals and industry information, software services. There are questions at the end of the chapters to ensure that you are able to review and test yourself. Mr. Unger has done a phenomenal job in sharing his experience with the reader to provide an excellent reference for all concerned. Any book written by Mr. Unger would be a pleasure to read if it is written in the same informative concise manner as this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! This book is GREAT...!
Whether you're an experienced LAN/WAN professional or are new to the field and looking to "get your feet wet", this book will enrich your knowledgebase and possibly open new doors of opportunity for you. Being an experienced LAN/WAN professional with 19 years of experience and dozens of certifications, I thank the author for not filling the book with dry-humored jokes, useless "real life" experiences, and confusing diagrams/ illustrations. This book is grammatically correct (except for 2 spelling errors), technically accurate, focused, and very helpful whether you're pursuing wireless certification or not. Beginner and experienced networking professionals will appreciate the "vendor neutral" content of the book. The book is published by Cisco Press, but contains no specific references to CISCO brand hardware/software. I believe this makes the information even more useful to technicians and installers who work with varying vendor equipment. While many concepts and methodologies are the same, this book is true to its name and offers little help in the way of assisting you with indoor WLAN deployments. The wealth of useful information contained in Appendix B, "Wireless Hardware, Software, and Service Provider Organizations" is absolutely priceless and much appreciated. The book contains no CD-ROM or marketing material (kudos!). Published prior to the finalized 802.11g standard, the book primarily covers 802.11a and 802.11b technologies. Both Mr. Unger and Cisco Press deserve a round of applause!
Disclaimer: This is an honest review - I do not benefit from it in any manner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Information you won't get any other place!
Mr. Unger has taken a topic not often discussed and almost never written about and has done an absolutely wonderful job with it! Even if you are not interested in becoming a WISP or needing that technology, you should have this book as a reference. The material that he covers in regards to the 802.11x standard is literally worth its weight in gold. His information on antennas, different LOS types and trooubleshooting could be a book itself. And for any of you looking to obtain any of the various WLAN certifications (Planet3, GlobalNet, Cisco, etc.), this book is a "keeper". Keep up the good work Mr. Unger! ... Read more

66. DSP First: A Multimedia Approach
by James H. McClellan, Ronald W. Schafer, Mark A. Yoder
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Asin: 0132431718
Catlog: Book (1997-12-30)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 414160
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Oops! These reviews are for another book
The reviews listed here, as of 12/30/03, are identical to the reviews for the 1997 book: "DSP First: A Multimedia Approach", by the same authors. Humm, I wonder how that happened!!!

(I don't own, and have not read, this book; but I had to enter a "star" rating to post this message. So I entered a 3-star rating which is in no way indicative of the quality of this book.)

5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book
This book is a great introductory book on analog and digital signals. It doesn't require any previous knowledge on signals and systems. It is student friendly, and can help alot in understanding the basics of the topic. I recommend this book to all those who would like to take an idea about signals.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best introductory DSP text!
This is by far the best introductory DSP book - forget the rest and get this one. The authors take you by the hand and with their years of teaching and research experience, lead you step by step into the strange and unique world of DSP. The CD examples, animations, and audio summaries are extremely valuable. Make sure that you look at them, only then will you really "get it", instead of being just an equation manipulator. This book is also very well suited for self-study professional engineer. Bravo! The standard has been set, let's see if other authors can follow.

2-0 out of 5 stars Leaves room for improvement
I'm stuck using this book in a class. There are some mistakes in this book. Mistake on 3.4.5 on page 64. Solution shown for Xk is incorrect. It should only be for positive values of k and a single sided spectrum not the positive and negative values of Xk and the double sided spectrum as it is shown. Along those lines, Figure 3.12 shows amplitudes at twice their correct value. The double sided spectrun is shown with the amplitudes for a single sided spectrum. If you use this example to do homework problems you will derive the wrong solution. Problem solutions on CD ROM are scans of someone's handwriting. In some cases these are blurry and hard to read. Some of the animations are jerky making them difficult to grasp the concept they are attempting to get across. Some of the examples jump critical steps in the solution leaving the reader scratching their head trying to figure out how the author jumped to the solution shown.

Maybe this book is great after the fact of struggling with the concepts. In my opinion, it needs work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, a favorite book
This book, along with "Understanding Digital Signal Processing" and Steiglitz' "DSP Primer" are the best, most useful, yet gentle introductions to DSP I have ever read. If only I had this book before I entered grad school! The CD-ROM that comes with it is very well done; a brilliant presentation! Highly recommended. ... Read more

67. VPNs: A Beginner's Guide
by John Mairs
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Asin: 0072191813
Catlog: Book (2001-12-14)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 141128
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Ideal for connecting branch offices and remote workers, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) provide a cost-effective, secure method for connecting to a network. This book is a step-by-step guide to deploying one of the fastest growing methods for remote access, global connections, and extranet connectivity.From understanding VPN technology to security features of VPN to actual implementations, this book covers it all. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars It's okay, but very convoluted
This book does a good job covering the details of the various protocols and standards used in different types of VPN's. But the same information can be pulled in nearly the same format from RFC's.

After the first few chapters, the book get's confusing and is sometimes wrong when the author describes the process behind setup of a IPSEC VPN connection (there's a couple of places where AH is confused with ESP). Beyond that I found the book hard to follow because it lacks a broad comparison between different types of VPN's (why you would want to choose one type over another and so forth).

But even more irking was paying [item price] for a book that's full of typo's and repetitive sentences.

5-0 out of 5 stars VPNs A Beginners Guide
Very good book...I would recommend reading this book to anybody that is considering a VPN solution.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive
Whatever your experience, wherever you stand in your deployment process, VPNs: A Beginner's Guide will get you where you need to be.

John Mairs starts by making sure you have a solid background in contemporary networking -- and especially, network security. From the outset, he makes sure you know how to establish a sound security architecture.

Then, it's on to the VPNs themselves. Mairs presents realistic VPN architectures for remote access, intranet, and extranet environments; covers all of the latest VPN protocols; and returns again to security with in-depth coverage of VPN cryptography and data integrity issues. In particular, there's detailed coverage of IPSec -- both concepts and implementation.

Mairs concludes by showing how MPLS makes possible more powerful, flexible, manageable VPNs -- and how you can use it to begin controlling service quality, even as your bits are being transported over the chaotic public Internet. This is the one VPN book you need to understand everything VPN.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I didn't really much about VPN and after reading this book I felt like a master. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Didn't know anything at first - read this book and I felt like a master.. ... Read more

68. Detection, Estimation, and Modulation Theory, Part I
by Harry L. VanTrees
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Catlog: Book (2001-09-27)
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Sales Rank: 170915
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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* Highly readable paperback reprint of one of the great time-tested classics in the field of signal processing
* Together with the reprint of Part III and the new Part IV, this will be the most complete treatment of the subject available
* As imperative today as it was when it originally published
* Has important applications in radar, sonar, communications, seismology, biomedical engineering, and astronomy
* Includes section summaries, examples, and a large number of problems
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Text
I have just taken this course from Dr. Van Trees at GMU. Est&Det organized many concepts taught in other graduate engineering courses into a coherent philosophy. The result is not only a rich understanding of estimation and detection, but also random processes, Wiener filtering, Kalman filtering, radar and communications theory etc.

The course was taught directly from the text with little outside material. Very little has become obsolete in the 30+ years since it was written.

The strong positives of this book are the philosophical organization, clear concise writing, and incredibly well conceived homework problems.

The only negative of the book is that there are many proofs done in great detail. This provides the necessary foundation for the material, but also makes it easy for the student to lose track of the bigger picture.

Dr. Van Trees tends to try to drive home the higher level concepts while glossing over many of the details when he is lecturing. The exercise problems then force the student to give the necessary attention to pertinent details. In my opinion, this is an excellent approach to teaching the material.

Overall, this course was as good as any I've every taken. The text is as important and useful as any other I have. ... Read more

69. Microwave Engineering
by David M.Pozar
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Catlog: Book (1997-07-29)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 81614
Average Customer Review: 4.44 out of 5 stars
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This second edition emphasizes the fundamental concepts of Maxwell's equations, wave propagation, network analysis and design principles as applied to modern microwave engineering. Applications of microwave engineering are also changing, with increasing emphasis on commercial use of microwave technology for personal communications systems, wireless local area networks, millimeter wave collision avoidance vehicle radars, radio frequency (RF) identification tagging, direct broadcast satellite television, and many other systems related to the information infrastructure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not a surprise it's constantly checked out and waitlisted
I've had to search numerous large University libraries for a copy of this book, and all copies seem to be perpetually checked out (some for months at a time). It isn't much of a surprise considering this is an excellent primer for microwave engineering and RF circuit design. The derivations are well laid out and the majority of each chapter's formulas are displayed in a nice tabular format every few pages.

It's a must have for any elec student (or physicist) that's interested in microwave engineering, RF circuit design and electromagnetic waves.


5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for RF Engineering Students
I was first introduced to this book through my professor. After reading this book I had a very good understanding of the material: wave guides, networks, S-parameters, filters, impedence matching, and transmission lines. This book does it all. It is an excellent introductory to intermediate book on Microwave engineering. You can understand the book entirely without getting lost in theory. Pozar does a good job at not confusing the reader, and it provides some real world examples that help the user relate. I myself go to GA Tech, and I recommend any electrical engineering student who is interested in electromagnetics or RF engineering to buy this book. If only because the GA Tech Library only has one copy and it is always checked out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Microwave Engineering Book
This is a good microwave engineering book in general. It does not only provide derivations and equations, but also many real applications examples from Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) to different microwave cables (type N, SMA, BNC, etc.) And there are great sections on how to design microstrip components (directional couplers, hybrid combiner/splitter.)

2-0 out of 5 stars I've seen better.
As a senior college student majoring in electrical engineering, I believe that this book needs more examples. The problems at the end of each chapter rarely correlate to examples given in the text and I spend hours looking up equations. All in all, I am not enjoying using this text book. ... Read more

70. Ethernet Passive Optical Networks
by GlenKramer
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Sales Rank: 203011
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars First Ever Epon Text
This is the definitive text for any engineer who'd like to gain a vast understanding of this cutting edge technology. Dr. Kramer writes a clear and concise text. His deep understanding of the subject matter is apparant. ... Read more

71. Antenna Theory and Design, 2nd Edition
by Warren L.Stutzman, Gary A.Thiele
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Asin: 0471025909
Catlog: Book (1997-12-15)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 76040
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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Highly respected authors have reunited to update the well known 1981 edition which is still hailed as one of the best in its field. This edition includes recent antenna innovations and applications. It features a succinct treatment of the finite difference, time domain (FDTD) computational technique. It is also the first text to treat physical theory of diffraction (PTD). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Needs table of symbols
In a book that is heavily mathematic, it is very useful to have a table of symbols to refer to. However, this text not only has no such table, but the author often fails to define the symbols he uses! He cannot assume that the symbols he uses is so standard that the reader will already be familiar with them. Also, he even often fails to define his terms directly, but relies on homonyms in subsequent sentences, and apparently expects the reader to infer the meaning, and to know that he refers to the previous concept. However, this can lead to many misunderstandings and impedes the progress of learning substantially.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Antenna Book
This is a good Antenna Book. It gives a clear introduction on how wave radiates from antenna, and gives many practical examples on how to design various antennas. I particularly like one of the design problem where a TV antenna (Yagi-Uda Antenna) can be constructed cheaply using coat hangers. Although it does not have as many examples as the antenna book by Balanis, it still covers many aspects of antenna analysis including method of moments and FDTD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid, no compromise professional text.
It even feels heavy ! Discones, patches, loops, rhombics - good solid theory even on the less common. A good (slightly dated) review of computer design tools. Recommended for professionals in the antenna field (no pun intended).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book !
Exceptional book ! Antenna Theory and Design provides many insights that have helped me in my profession. The author clarifies and simplifies complex antenna theories enabling the reader to apply the information in design. I highly recommend this book for anybody in the communication field.

Mark L. Zimmerman, Systems Engineer, New River Community College Dublin Virginia ... Read more

72. Digital Video Compression (with CD-ROM)
by Peter Symes
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Asin: 0071424873
Catlog: Book (2003-10-02)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Sales Rank: 152163
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars "Buy Together" recommendation not appropriate
I am the author of "Digital Video Compression" and I have to caution you that Amazon's "Buy Together" recommendation is NOT appropriate. "Video Compression Demystified" is an earlier version of the same book, and everything in there (except for a few mistakes!) is in the 2003 "Digital Video Compression". You would waste your money buying both!
Peter Symes, author ... Read more

73. Technician's Guide to Fiber Optics, 4E
by Donald J. Sterling
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Asin: 1401812708
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
Sales Rank: 79422
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An excellent primer for students beginning to study the subject, this current edition provides a practical, real-world perspective on the fundamentals of fiber optic technology and optical communications.It examines the reasons that optical fibers are the preferred communications medium, surpassing copper wire in all performance measures.A thorough explanation of how fibers work is offered, as well as useful coverage of other related optical components and how those components fit into system-level applications.Premises (LAN), metro, 10G Ethernet, and long-haul applications are also briefly surveyed. ... Read more

74. Video Demystified, 3rd Edition
by Keith Jack
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Master video system design with the NEW THIRD EDITION of this essential reference! This book is the "bible" for digital video hardware engineers and programmers worldwide, as it contains detailed video information difficult to find elsewhere. The third edition has been completely updated with new chapters on analog and digital video interfaces, H.261 and H.263, consumer DV, and DTV. This is by far the most informative analog and digital video reference available. If you work with video, you need this reference on your shelf!

Keith Jack has designed more than 25 video and multimedia integrated circuits for such companies as Brooktree and Harris Corporation. He was the designer of the world's first single-chip NTSC/PAL digital encoder/decoder and holds two video processing patents. He is currently director of product marketing for Sigma Designs.

* Provides international coverage by including European, Asian, and North/South American video standards, methods, and techniques

* Contains expanded coverage of digital video processing technologies, video compression, digital video interfaces, and the MPEG1 and MPEG2 standards

* Includes two CDs which provide video test files for MPEG1, MPEG2, H261, and H263 and an electronic version of the book
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for learning, do not use as a reference
This book is a good introduction to NTSC / PAL / SECAM / digital video.The information on MPEG is superficial at best, but that is not what this book is about anyway.Expect a challenging read if you are new to this field.

This book is mainly aimed at the hardware developer.If this is you, do not base your design strictly on information in this book without reading the relevant standards documents: this contributed to the company I work for having had to spin a few chips.This book is NOT suitable as a reference.

If you're a software / driver developer, you're probably better off reading "Digital Video and HDTV" by Charles Poynton (ISBN: 1558607927).The information there will be a lot more relevant (and useful) to you.After that, you'll have a much easier time reading "Video Demystified" (if you really, really want to find out what planet the hardware designers you work with are from).

1-0 out of 5 stars a book with LOTS OF ERRORS
This is a book for people who do NOT work on designing video devices.If you want to build something based on this book, your design will most likely fail since there are many ERRORS in the book.BUT if you want to FOOL your boss on some paper design or FOOL some employers to get a JOB, this is a book for you since it is easy to read and you don't need any knowledge beyond high school.

3-0 out of 5 stars Everything you never wanted to know about video signals
If you ever wanted to be the guy in your neighborhood that knows the most about Analog and Digital video signals, then this is the book for you.I must have read the words RGB and YCrCb 100 times by page 500.And I now can tell you anything you want to know about how my VGA plug works, not to mention feeling very confident that I now understand my S-video cable on my Camcorder.If I ever travel overseas, I also have a very good grasp of the difference between "my TV signal" and "their TV signal".

Video Demystified is a good name for this text, because when you are done reading this book, you won't have any questions about anything relating to video.You'll clearly understand everything about your TV set also.How the contrast control works; how the picture is drawn on the screen; what the signals running through the cables look like, etc.And I don't just mean know them... I mean "know them".And if you feel like you need to suddenly need to build a TV set from spare parts at Radio Shack, you certainly will want to order this book and have it handy.

But I have to say, be prepared for a headache by page 300.This book isn't light reading and after a while it becomes rather redundant in areas.It's almost more of a reference manual in some ways actually.

Additionally, be warned that the author jumps right into things head first assuming you already know quite a bit about the basics of video signals already.There's no warm and fuzzy "get you up to speed" intro section in this book, so you better have a clear understanding of video signals and hardware (not to mention some background in bitmap images) before you start.When I first picked up this book to start reading it, I got a good idea of how my little sister must have felt when she realized she had accidently taken my HP 16C calculator (instead of a normal calculator) to school to help her on her math exam in 9th grade :-)

So when it comes to this book, either you are in or you are out.A lot of the text discusses specifics of different video standards - almost to the point of putting you into a coma.In other cases, when the book could have used very simple diagrams or analogies, things are diagramed out using hardware related logic diagrams.Great for someone that is use to dealing with A-to-D converters, but I pity the fool that tries to read this book for information on how to put streaming video on his website :-)

In my view, this book is best targeted to those who want to build video signal interpretation hardware devices and/or those who are working with hardware and need to understand the very root level signals involved in handling and representing video.The text also has some limited application in understanding lower level video conversion principles (such as a reference for writing RGB --> YCC algorithms) but not too much.Best for how Analog signals are turned into Digital signals really.But again, unless you are really looking to understand how chips in your CRT or Television are working, then I'd be a little careful with this book.

Not a book for the non-technical, hardware-faint-of-heart types nor for those on a quest to better understand how video compression on the internet or RealPlayer7 works.But outstanding if you suddenly need to understand what a video signal goes through to produce a video image.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good - but definitely "geeky"
If you are an experienced video person, this book is for you.It does a good job of explaining the difference between all of the different digital video standards.It's helpful if you have experience with analog video before reading this book.

Be advised that it's definitely NOT a dummies book.It's very academic.You have to read through things a couple of times to get them to click.If you've just started in the world of digital video, you need to find another book.

The best thing about this book is that all of your standards definitions are all together in one place.Wondering what the encoding format is for NTSC HDTV DVCam?It's in there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very strong combined introduction/reference work on video
For basic digital video (uncompressed), this is as near to the "bible" as you can get. Verygood descriptions of existing (NTSC/PAL/ SECAM) television systems and their various format standards.Covers progressive andinterlaced formats and conversion between verywell. Covers scaling very well. The book is weaker on MPEG compression,with mistakes and omissions. Go elsewhere for an explanation of thisstandard. Overall, a great text. ... Read more

75. Smart Antennas (Electrical Engineering & Applied Signal Processing Series)
by Lal Chand Godara
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-01)
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The use of smart antennas to increase mobile communications channels has re-ignited research and development in the field. Practicing engineers are eager to discover more about this subject, and need a comprehensive book that can provide a learning platform and prevent the loss of time spent on searches through journal literature.Smart Antennas examines nearly all aspects of array signal processing and presents them in a logical manner. It delivers a detailed treatment of antenna array processing schemes, adaptive algorithms to adjust weighting, direction of arrival (DOA) estimation methods, diversity-combining methods that combat fading and reduce errors.The book introduces the various processor structures suitable for the narrowband field, examining the behavior of both element space and beamspace processors. It then explores adaptive processing, focusing on the simple matrix inversion algorithm, constrained least mean squares (LMS), the neural network approach, and more. The text also describes smart antennas that are suitable for broadband signals, and presents analyses and techniques suitable for correlated fields in narrowband and broadband signals.This volume supplements its content with extensive references, enabling you to further investigate smart antenna array schemes and application. ... Read more

76. Contemporary Communication Systems Using MATLAB
by John G. Proakis, Masoud Salehi, Gerhard Bauch, Bill Stenquist, Tom Ziolkowski
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
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Featuring a variety of applications that motivate students, this book serves as a companion or supplement to any of the comprehensive textbooks in communication systems. The book provides a variety of exercises that may be solved on the computer using MATLABµ (The authors assume that the student is familiar with the fundamentals of MATLAB). By design, the treatment of the various topics is brief. The authors provide the motivation and a short introduction to each topic, establish the necessary notation, and then illustrate the basic concepts by means of an example. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Of unusually high quality for a Proakis text
The is a superb book. My only complaint with this text is that it should have been included with Proakis' Digital Communication book in the first place. You will notice that 90% of the graphs and diagrams are straight from that text.

One of the winning ingredients is that all the Matlab code is written to be understood. Where some texts will write all code to be as optimal as possible, this book actually uses loops where Matlab array operations could have been used (which is not recommended in Matlab due to speed). It actually makes the code very readable and enjoyable. Surprisingly a few of the code snippets have left out the plot and stem commands? This is not too much of a hassle if you understand Matlab well, you can just generate that code yourself. Newcomers to Matlab will probably not be impressed. While the Matlab code is very simple and readable, it is still not for the beginner.

NOTE: This book will not teach you communication systems. This book is written like a Schaums text, where they briefly go over the key points, and then start programming them. If you only have this book and no other one to reference, you will be lost.

If you hate the Proakis Digital Communications text (as I do), you will love this one. This book has all the examples and fills in the missing points of that text. I find it interesting that this book has a co-author. I suspect that Salehi must influence the reign of reason in Proakis since this book is written so much clearer than Digital Communications.

In a nutshell, this book is worth its price. Very happy with this purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars good recap
another reviewer puts "must for begginer", but please notice it's for "a first-year grads" not for under-grads or sheer novices. i'm a plain novice, and i should say this book is not a tutorial. you need basic exposition on this field. i found "Lee and Miller:CDMA Systems Engineering Handbook" is helpful. the handbook is rather verbose and this MATLAB companion makes a good recapitulation of the handbook.

5-0 out of 5 stars George Katsoulis---NTUA
An excellent computer approach to almost all aspects of communications in Electrical Engineering, that clarifies topics which are difficult to approach just by dealing with theory.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must" for beginners.
An excellent book for first-year graduate students. The different illustrative examples, with the MATLAB source code, makes learning, very simple and effective. The examples at the end of every chapter, reinforce what has been covered in the chapter. In short, a very useful text. ... Read more

77. Fundamentals of Statistical Signal Processing, Volume I: Estimation Theory
by Steven M. Kay
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Catlog: Book (1993-03-26)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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This text is geared towards a one-semester graduate-level course in statistical signal processing and estimation theory. The author balances technical detail with practical and implementation issues, delivering an exposition that is both theoretically rigorous and application-oriented. The book covers topics such as minimum variance unbiased estimators, the Cramer-Rao bound, best linear unbiased estimators, maximum likelihood estimation, recursive least squares, Bayesian estimation techniques, and the Wiener and Kalman filters. The author provides numerous examples, which illustrate both theory and applications for problems such as high-resolution spectral analysis, system identification, digital filter design, adaptive beamforming and noise cancellation, and tracking and localization. The primary audience will be those involved in the design and implementation of optimal estimation algorithms on digital computers. The text assumes that you have a background in probability and random processes and linear and matrix algebra and exposure to basic signal processing. Students as well as researchers and practicing engineers will find the text an invaluable introduction and resource for scalar and vector parameter estimation theory and a convenient reference for the design of successive parameter estimation algorithms. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Legendary and masterpiece in estimation theory
Without any hesitation, I consider this book as a masterpiece in the area of statistical signal processing. Kay takes the reader to the journey of estimation theory as if a science teacher takes his students to a field trip. The one special feature of this book is the convergence of thought that reader obtains upon reading the book. Kay lays a fundamental bridge between various estimators using his succinct style for describing the subject.

Few special areas require more attention in this book. For example the coverage of EM methods is very condense and requires more elaboration. Also there is no discussion on the estimation methods using higher order statistics.

Overall I consider this book as the best book I have read ever and I highly recommend this book to those who want to obtain an ever-lasting view on statistical signal processing.

5-0 out of 5 stars couldn't rate 6... a must !
I've had tough courses on statistical signal processing as a post-grade student. I am often confused in front of a problem and turning back to the notes taken in class doesn't help much.
When you read this book all gets bright. I am still wondering how some teachers can be so confusing while such good books do exist...
However don't count on it for in depth mathematical demonstrations, it starts with a practical problem and explains how to model things. Thus it is a bit bottom-up but anyway starting from a good graduate level in signal and stats.
I got this one at the library but already ordered a copy for myself and am planning to get part2 on detection.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reference for self-directed study
This text is very good for those who start doing research in statistical signal processing. A lot of explanations, technical terms are well presented and consistent, plus a number of examples that help you to learn about different statistical signal processing concepts and algorithms. Research students can be beneficial alot from this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book has depth and is well written
This is one of the best references on statistical signal processing. The topic is not of simple matter, but the author presents the materials clearly together with great examples. The book is reader-friendly and is relatively error-free. I have bought several copies for my PhD students at Georgia Tech.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book in Estimation Theory
This book was asigned to me for a graduate course in Statistical Signal Estimation. The book was very useful and easy to read. It was well written and had helpful examples. I recommend this book for any one who wants to learn about Estimation Theory. ... Read more

78. Digital Image Processing
by Kenneth R. Castleman
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Catlog: Book (1995-08-23)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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This broad introduction to the fundamental concepts of digital imaging shows how the various techniques can be applied to solve real-world problems (e.g., in biology, astronomy, forensics, etc.). It helps readers develop the insight required to use the tools of digital imaging to solve new problems. Discusses color, image compression, user interfaces, software development project management, 2-D graphs of Fourier Transforms, analysis of digital imaging systems performance, optics, pattern recognition, image recording and display, CCD cameras. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very solid on math, very expensive in price.
This book covers most of the elements you will ever need or want to know about image processing. It presents the algorithms, mathematics, and logic behind all major techniques. It has enough math to scare off any casual reader, in enough detail to satisfy anyone seriously interested in image processing. The only bad thing about the book is the cost. If it were priced slashed to $60 or less, I'd have given it 5 stars. If you plan on doing any serious image processing in your career, it is worth the money. If you only need it for a class and not your career, then you are probably better off reading it with a formerly-wealthy classmate.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best for Learning the Material
I used Ken Castleman's first edition in 1979 that same year to get a thorough and fast mastery of digital image processing. The book is highly recommended, because I feel that if a book is easy to read and gets the job done of educating the reader as quickly as possible, and it is actually a pleasure to go through, then it is a winner. This book is one of the rare technical books I can recommend this way. The price tag of 105 is hefty, but many books today are outlandishly priced. Even so, if the budget allows only one or two Digital Imaging texts, this would be one I would definitely pick.

4-0 out of 5 stars a good book with a broad coverage in the image processing
This book helped me gain the basic knowledge in digital image processing. Although it doesn't have any sample programming code, the description and the math functions in the book are good enough for me to understand the different imaging processing techniques and finish my image processing programming projects at work. ... Read more

79. Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Signal Processing Perspective
by Zhi-PeiLiang, Paul C.Lauterbur
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-18)
Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press
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"In 1971 Dr. Paul C. Lauterbur pioneered spatial information encoding principles that made image formation possible by using magnetic resonance signals. Now Lauterbur, ""father of the MRI,"" and Dr. Zhi-Pei Liang have co-authored the first engineering textbook on magnetic resonance imaging. This long-awaited, definitive text will help undergraduate and graduate students of biomedical engineering, biomedical imaging scientists, radiologists, and electrical engineers gain an in-depth understanding of MRI principles.The authors use a signal processing approach to describe the fundamentals of magnetic resonance imaging. You will find a clear and rigorous discussion of these carefully selected essential topics:

  • Mathematical fundamentals
  • Signal generation and detection principles
  • Signal characteristics
  • Signal localization principles
  • Image reconstruction techniques
  • Image contrast mechanisms
  • Image resolution, noise, and artifacts
  • Fast-scan imaging
  • Constrained reconstruction.

Complete with a comprehensive set of examples and homework problems, PRINCIPLES OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING is the must-read book to improve your knowledge of this revolutionary technique.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook
This is an excellent textbook. Easy to follow if you are comfortable with Electromagnetics already. Lot's of math and examples inside. Make sure u get this book first, if you study MRI.

5-0 out of 5 stars A definitive text for the signal processing of MRI
Magnetic resonance has recently recieved many riches in the form of excellent, definitive texts that have bundled together the advances of the last 20 or so years. Drs. Liang and Lauterbur have added to this trove by writing a text that goes beyond the standard descriptions of magnetic resonance image formation and including many advanced techniques available today, some of which they originated. The ideal audience for this text includes scientists, engineers, and physicians actively developing MRI applications from the physics on up. Though containing many recent developments it contains a core of medical imaging information that will not be outdated. The mathematical depth is sufficient to serve as a reference of basic and sophisticated methods but with enough pedagogical information to tutor the interested student. Liang and Lauterbur should be on the shelf of any serious professional or insightful student.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent coverage of MR physics, however complicated maths.
The selection of the chapters and the overall coverage of this book are excellent. It provides an outstanding and detailed description of MR physics and of how MR signals are generated and processed. However, not being an engineer or a physicist but a MD interested in MRI, I had some problems with the mathematical background required to understand the formulas used in this book. I feel that the book would be greatly improved if a more detailed explanation to the mathematics were given. At this point, I would recommend this book to graduate students or Ph.D.'s in physics, in biomedical or in electrical engineering, who want to understand in detail the principles of MR signal generation and processing. Because of the somewhat complicated mathematics, the book might be somewhat less destined, but still of interest, to radiologists and MRI physicians who, like me, want to enhance their understanding of MR physics and signal processing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent MRI theoretics book, somewhat complicated maths.
The selection of the chapters and the overall coverage of this book are excellent. It provides an outstanding and detailed description of MR physics and of how MR signals are generated and processed. However, not being an engineer or a physicist but a MD interested in MRI, I had some problems with the mathematical background required to understand the formulas used in this book. I feel that the book would be greatly improved if a more detailed explanation to the mathematics were given. At this point, I would recommend this book to graduate students or Ph.D.'s in physics, in biomedical or in electrical engineering, who want to understand in detail the principles of MR signal generation and processing. Because of the somewhat complicated mathematics, the book might be somewhat less destined, but still of interest, to radiologists and MRI physicians who, like me, want to enhance their understanding of MR physics and signal processing. ... Read more

80. Carrier Grade Voice Over IP
by DanielCollins
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-17)
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In 2002 voice over IP will constitute more than 25% of all long distance voice calls, according to Network World. That’s more than a 30% ramp-up from 2001. The emergence of SIP, MPLS and new quality of service tools is making carrier grade voice over IP a service reality, and a potentially huge margin booster and revenue driver for service providers.The first edition of Carrier Grade Voice over IP played a roll in VoIP growth, in less than year becoming an essential tool for carriers working to provide high quality IP telephony. This new edition vastly updates the SIP chapter, details MPLS, and takes the explanations of the previous edition a step further in a final chapter that shows, step by step, how to design working VoIP networks. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful reference
I serious think that I should not write this review since I do not understand half of this book, but then again, I have read this and also Cisco Intergrated Voice Data and can in some way be a poor/insufficient abeit enthusastic tour guide. I have noticed other reviewers describing this book as great - but I do not think this book is comparable to monumental classic like Jeff Doyle or Kennedy Clarks books on Routing and Switching - where they display in-depth knowledge on the topic plus an ability to explain thing in the clearest possible way. I rate this book 5 stars for the sole reason that the author do appear to have an overwhelming knowledge of computer telephony - although I cannot quite judge whether they are technically accurate or error free - and has taken his valueable time off to write them down and share with us. While the author definitely has the kindest intention of making it "understanable" to even the not-so-technically-advance group of reader - as is evidenced in the way he start off this book by explaining why bother with IP telephony, and why TCP/IP is inherently unsuitable for IP telephony - I suspect that when it come to harder topics like H.323, SIP etc - there is simply no way or no time to find a more reader friendly way to present it. In the end it is a tough read - so tough that I will have to put it aside for a while as you need to be in the highest state or mental agility and strength to make hard yakka through the book. Nevertheless, this book is a useful reference - and for topics that this author decide not to include - check out Cisco's Integrated Voice and Data.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very much self contained
Great book on VoIP, still emerging technology. It did a great job in explaining concepts related to QoS such as RSVP, DiffServ and MPLS. Right from basics such as IP, UDP, TCP and various coding techniques you will find great explanation to each and every item. If you are interested in knowing about VoIP or you if u wanna work on VoIP this is the ONLY book you need. There is very detailed and neat explanation related to MGCP, MEGACO, SS7 and SIP too. The only thing that i felt lacking is testing of voice quality both subjective and objective and how they could be done. No doubt in giving 5 *s to it, great job!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Aimed specifically at designers of public telecommunications networks, this easy to read book provides practical and useful hands-on information. Where necessary, topics are covered in great detail. For example, 120 pages are dedicated to H.323. Softswitch architecture and programming are covered, and 55 pages are devoted to discussing Quality of Service issues.

We believe this book to be an essential read, and recommend it highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT READING
Collin's book provides a simple straight forward review of Voice over IP. If you need to understand SIP, H.323, Megaco, or Softswitches this book is a must.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great explanation of the latest VoIP technology
Daniel Collins has done a great job of explaining the latest VoIP technology. He uses a lot of call flow diagrams, which I find particularly useful in understanding how the various protocols work. In addition, his writing style is very clear, such that he makes it easy to understand what he is talking about. Not only does he address the most recent developments in the technology (eg. SIP, MGCP, MEGACO), he also does a good job of explaining how these technologies can fit with what is already in place (eg. H323 as well as traditional networks). In this regard, the chapter concerning SS7 is useful, although some focus on TALI as well as Sigtran would have been beneficial. - Overall, a good book that I would recommend to anyone who wants to understand VoIP. ... Read more

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