This complete, friendly, non-technical introduction to wireless and RF technologies has just been updated to reflect the industry's newest technologies and latest trends. The Essential Guide to RF and Wireless, Second Edition covers wireless and RF technologies at every level non-technical professionals need to understand, including fundamental concepts, basic terminology, components, system building blocks, and above all, how complete wireless systems actually work. Carl J. Weisman introduces each of today's hottest wireless technologies, including spread spectrum, wireless local loop, ISM, LMDS, CDMA -- as well as some of tomorrow's most promising standards. The book is remarkably accessible: written in a light, engaging tone, with extensive use of figures, photographs, and visual analogies proven to make wireless and RF technologies easier to understand. This edition's extensive new coverage includes smart antennas and superconducting filters, satellite Internet delivery, and an entirely new chapter on broadband fixed wireless, wireless networking, and mobile Internet access. This edition also contains expanded discussions of GPS; phase modulation; and an updated preview of the future of mobile telephony. For anyone working in and around the wireless/RF industries who does not have an engineering degree or strong technical background.