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Introduction to Communications Technologies

A Guide for Non-Engineers, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By Stephan Jones, Ronald J. Kovac, Frank M. Groom

CRC Press

364 pages | 183 B/W Illus.

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Thanks to the advancement of faster processors within communication devices, there has been a rapid change in how information is modulated, multiplexed, managed, and moved. While formulas and functions are critical in creating the granular components and operations of individual technologies, understanding the applications and their purposes in the business environment only requires a basic scientific background. The third edition of Introduction to Communications Technologies: A Guide for Non-Engineers helps students in telecommunications business programs become familiar with and stay abreast of the ever-changing technology surrounding their industry.

Used in the core curriculum at Ball State University’s graduate professional program in Information and Communication Sciences, this textbook is designed for graduate and undergraduate students who do not necessarily have a high level of technical expertise, but need to have some understanding of the technical functions of information and communication technologies to prepare them for working in a corporate environment.

See What’s New in the Third Edition:

  • Significant updates to the following chapters: Modulation Schemes; Signaling Formats, Multiplexing, and Digital Transmission; Packet Switching and Local Area Networks; Mobile Wireless Technologies; Network Security and Management
  • Added coverage of OFDMA, Metro Ethernet, 5G pre-standard configuration, ‘apps’ on mobile devices, and VoIP core switching
  • New chapters on Big Data and the Cloud

Avoiding complicated equations and the need for calculus gymnastics, this textbook provides non-engineering students with a firm background and a broad understanding of the knowledge necessary to work within the fast-paced and ever-changing communications industry.

Table of Contents

Systems and Models of Communications Technologies: Shannon–Weaver, von Neumann, and the Open System Interconnection Model

Computing Model

Open System Interconnection Model

Summary

Review Questions

Basic Concepts of Electricity

Common Units of Technical Measurement

Signals

Current

Resistance

Voltage

Capacitance

Inductance

Power

Electrical Circuits

Filters

AC-to-DC Conversion

Summary

Review Questions

Multiple Choice

Matching Questions

Short Essay Questions

Modulation Schemes

Spectrum

Amplitude Modulation

Frequency Modulation

Phase Modulation

Pulse-Amplitude Modulation

Pulse-Code Modulation

Amplitude Shift Keying

Adaptive Differential Pulse-Code Modulation

Phase-Shift Keying

Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing

Quadrature Amplitude Modulation

Multiple-Frequency Shift Keying

Summary

Review Questions

Multiple Choice

Matching Questions

Short Essay Questions

Signaling Formats, Multiplexing, and Digital Transmissions

Digital Formats

Multiplexing

Frequency-Division Multiplexing

Time-Division Multiplexing

Digital Circuits

Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum

Direct-Sequence Spread Spectrum

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Legacy to Current-Day Telephone Networks

Circuit Switching vs. Packet Switching

Legacy of the Circuit-Switching Network

Packet Switching

Asynchronous Transfer Mode

Legacy Public Switched Telephone Network

The Telephone

Network Access

Trunks and Lines

Customer Premise Equipment

Voice Processing

Voice over Internet Protocol

VoIP Benefits

VoIP Challenges

Protocols Used in VoIP Environments

Session Initiation Protocol

Components of SIP

Real-Time Transfer Protocol

Multiprotocol Label Switching

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Basics of Multiprotocol Label Switching Networking

Introduction

What Is MPLS?

Motivation behind MPLS

Some Attractive Features of MPLS

Principal Components of an MPLS Network

Operation with Edge and Core Label-Switched Routers

Labels and Label-Switched Routers

Forwarding Packets with MPLS Labels

Example of MPLS Label Swapping

Label Switching

Labels

Labels and Label Edge Routers

Labels and Shims

Signaling and Label Distribution Protocols

Network Topology Discovery

Reservation Protocol

Label Distribution Protocol

Forwarding Equivalence Classes and LDP Paths

Conclusion

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Matching Questions

Short Essay Questions

Local Area Network Technology

Business and Human Factors

Costs of a LAN

Initial Costs

Ongoing Costs

Technical Factors

Working Parts of a LAN

Common LAN Types

Regulatory and Legal Factors

Use and Function of Standards

Process of Standardization

Standard-Setting Bodies

Legal Aspects

Other Networks

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

The Language of the Internet: Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)

Business and Human Factors

Technical Factors

Message Casting

Message Addressing

Network Routing

Language of the Network: Routed Protocols

IPv6

Regulatory and Legal Factors

Summary

Review Questions

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Wireless Local Area Networks

Business and Human Factors

Technical Factors

Basics of Radio Frequency

Wireless Protocols

What Is a WLAN?

Aspects to Consider

Access Technology

Frequency Range

Antennas

Range and Bandwidth

Interference

Security

Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks

Regulatory and Legal Factors

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Mobile Wireless Technologies

Advanced Mobile Phone Service

Multiple-Access Technologies

Mobile Switching

Fourth-Generation Wireless (4G)

Fifth-Generation Wireless (5G)

Time-Division Synchronous Code-Division Multiple Access

Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Environment (EDGE)

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)

High-Speed Downlink Packet Access

Antennas

Smart Antennas

Microwave Signals

Engineering Issues for Microwave Signaling

Summary

Review Questions

Multiple Choice

Matching Questions

Short Essay Questions

Virtualization

Compute Virtualization

Hypervisor

Kernel Module

Virtual Machine Monitor

Virtualized Storage

Virtual Machine–Based Storage Options

Virtual Provisioning and Automated Storage Tiering

Thin Pools and Thin Logical Units

Virtualizing the Workstation

Benefits of Desktop Virtualization

Desktop Virtualization Techniques

Virtualizing the Application

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Analyzing Big Data

Introduction to Big Data

The Structure of Big Data

The Four Types of Data Structures

Analyzing Big Data

Analyzing the Four Data Types

Analyzing Structured Data

Analyzing Unstructured and Semistructured Data

The Corpus or Body of Work

Reviewing Results

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

The Cloud and Cloud Computing

Introduction

The History of Cloud Computing

What Is the Cloud?

Virtualization

Delivery Models for Cloud Computing

Deployment Models for Cloud Computing

Public Cloud Deployment

Private Cloud Deployment

Hybrid Cloud Deployment

Community Cloud Deployment

Risks of the Cloud

Future Predictions

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Video Basics

The Business and Human Factors

High-Quality VC

Medium-Quality VC

Low-Quality VC

The Technical Factors

Image Scanning

Color

Transmission of Video

High-Definition Television

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Digital Media

Introduction

Digital Media

Convergence

Digital Photography

Advantages of the Digital Form over Analog Form

Technical Differences between Digital and Analog Forms

Printing

Advanced Darkroom Technique

New Opportunities

Digital Video

Digital Video: Genesis and Advantages over Analog Video

Technical Differences between the Digital and Analog Forms

New Opportunities

Digital Audio

Advantages over Analog Version

Technical Differences between Digital and Analog Forms

New Opportunities

3-D Digital Gaming

Advantages over the Analog Version

Technical Differences between the Digital and Analog Forms

New Opportunities

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

Network Security and Management

Introduction

Network Security Threats

Who Are the Bad Guys?

Hackers

Types of Network and Computer Attacks

Social Engineering Attacks

DOS Attacks

Malware Attacks

Sniffing

The Payback of Security

Customer Trust

Mobility

Increased Productivity

Reduced Cost

Basics of Security

Authentication

What You Know

What You Have

Who You Are

Accounting

Encryption

Symmetric Key

Asymmetric Key

Access Control and Site Security

Security Policy

Network Security Tools and Techniques

Network Security

Depth in Design

Firewalls

Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems

Honey Pot

Host Security

OS Security

Software Security

Antivirus Programs

Spam/Pop-Up and Cookie Blockers

Network Administration and Management

Key Aspects of Network Administration and Management

Network Management Tools

Client/Server Architecture

Simple Network Management Protocol

Case Study: Network Security and BYOD

Summary

Review Questions

True/False

Multiple Choice

Short Essay Questions

About the Authors

Stephan S. Jones, PhD, is the director of the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, where he is also a professor delivering core technology courses in the graduate-only program. His industry experience is as a field engineer and owner of a telecommunications company providing voice and data solutions for business/commercial systems in the Midwest. In academe, he has published or edited numerous books and texts associated with simplifying complex communication technologies for non-engineering students to comprehend. He is actively engaged in supporting broadband technology deployments to underserved and unserved regions of the country and providing technical support for non-profit organizations with student participation.

Frank Groom, PhD, is a professor in the Graduate Center for Information and Communication Science at Ball State University. His research is concentrated in the areas of high-bandwidth networking, distributed systems, and the storage of multimedia objects. Dr. Groom is the author of seven books, most recently having finished The Basics of Voice over IP Networking and The Basics of 802.11 Wireless LANs. Among his best known books are The Future of ATM and The ATM Handbook. Dr. Groom earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin– Milwaukee in information systems. He is the former senior director of information systems for Ameritech.

Ron Kovac, PhD, is a full professor in the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University in Indiana. The center prepares graduate students in the field of telecommunications. Previous to this position, Dr. Kovac was the telecommunication manager for the state of New York and a CIO for a large computing center located on the east coast. Dr. Kovac’s previous studies included electrical engineering, photography, and education. Dr. Kovac has published two books and over 50 articles and has completed numerous international consulting projects in both the education and telecommunications field. Additionally, he speaks worldwide on issues related to telecommunications and holds numerous certifications, including the CCNA, the CCAI, and the almost complete CCNP. Dr. Kovac is also a Fulbright Scholar and loves life, education and technology.

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Technology for Non-Engineers

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM032000
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
TEC041000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications
TEC061000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications