The Top 9 Wireless Network Books You Need to Read in 2020

The Top 9 Wireless Network Books You Need to Read in 2020

For network engineers and administrators that focus on wireless deployments, books are an excellent resource for learning how to effectively design and operate wireless networks. To that end, we’ve listed the top nine wireless network books that you should add to your reading list below. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in building and running wireless networks.

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802.11 Wireless Networks

by Matthew Fast

“Designed with the system administrator or serious home user in mind, it’s a no-nonsense guide for setting up 802.11 on Windows and Linux. […] With wireless technology, the advantages to its users are indeed plentiful. Companies no longer have to deal with the hassle and expense of wiring buildings, and households with several computers can avoid fights over who’s online.”


Computer Networking First-Step

by Norman Laurence

“Whether you want to know how to build a large network or a small one, you always have to start from the basics and this book is full of information in this respect. Anything and everything that you need to know about the world of wireless networks is present in this book. The book has been written keeping in mind all the latest upgrades so that you can stay updated on the facts. It has been composed to serve as a comprehensive guide for all beginners.”


Designing and Deploying 802.11 Wireless Networks

by Jim Geier

“The new 802.11ac standard enables WLANs to deliver significantly higher performance. Network equipment manufacturers have refocused on 802.11ac- and 802.11n-compliant solutions, rapidly moving older versions of 802.11 toward “legacy” status. Now, there’s a complete guide to planning, designing, installing, testing, and supporting 802.11ac and 802.11n wireless networks in any environment, for virtually any application.”


Networking Made Easy

by James Bernstein

“Networking Made Easy is designed to take your overall networking skills from a beginner to the next level. Get a top-level understanding without a complex education. This easy to use guide will help you navigate your way to becoming proficient with network fundamentals and technology. James Bernstein has been working with various companies in the IT field since 2000, managing technologies such as SAN and NAS storage, VMware, backups, Windows Servers, Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, Networking, Microsoft Office, Exchange, and more.”


WiFi Analytics

by Luke Buikema and John Kerber

“This book takes a deep dive into the new, exciting world of WiFi analytics. Written by John Kerber, co-founder of WhoFi, a leading WiFi analytics company in the public sector. His background and experience combine to set the standard for WiFi analytics so both consumers and businesses benefit from this new technology. This book covers multiple topics including which industries are using WiFi analytics and what hardware, software or service you need to get started.”


Our Wireless Networks Buyer’s Guide contains profiles on the top wireless network hardware providers, as well as questions you should ask providers and yourself before buying.


Wireless Network Security

by Wolfgang Osterhage

“The book deals with the security of such wireless communication. The technological background of these applications have been presented in detail. Special emphasis has been laid on the IEEE 802.11x-standards that have been developed for this technology. A major part of the book is devoted to security risks, encryption and authentication. Checklists have been provided to help IT administrators and security officers to achieve the maximum possible security in their installations, when using wireless technology.”


Wireless Network Security: A Beginner’s Guide

by Tyler Wrightson

“Wireless Network Security: A Beginner’s Guide discusses the many attack vectors that target wireless networks and clients–and explains how to identify and prevent them. Actual cases of attacks against WEP, WPA, and wireless clients and their defenses are included. This practical resource reveals how intruders exploit vulnerabilities and gain access to wireless networks.” 


Wireless Networking: Understanding Internetworking Challenges

by Julia Andrusenko, Jack L. Burbank, Jared S. Everett, and William T. M. Kach

“This book focuses on providing a detailed and practical explanation of key existing and emerging wireless networking technologies and trends, while minimizing the amount of theoretical background information. The book also goes beyond simply presenting what the technology is, but also examines why the technology is the way it is, the history of its development, standardization, and deployment. The book also describes how each technology is used, what problems it was designed to solve, and what problems it was not designed to solve.”


Wireless Networks

by Daniel Collins and Clint Smith

“Fully updated throughout to address current and emerging technologies, standards, and protocols, Wireless Networks, Third Edition, explains wireless system design, high-speed voice and data transmission, internetworking protocols, and 4G convergence. […] Configure, manage, and optimize high-performance wireless networks with help from this thoroughly revised, practical guide.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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