Lou Frenzel

Communications Technology

Lou Frenzel writes articles and blogs on the wireless, communications and networking sectors for Electronic Design. Formerly, Lou was professor and department head at Austin Community College where he taught electronics for 5 years and occasionally teaches an Adjunct Professor. Lou has 25+ years experience in the electronics industry. He held VP positions at Heathkit and McGraw Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. He is the author of 20 books on computer and electronics subjects.

Lou Frenzel was born in Galveston, Texas and currently lives with his wife Joan in Austin, Texas. He is a long-time amateur radio operator (W5LEF).

Posts by Lou Frenzel

in Communiqué Jan 27, 2016

What You Need To Know about Standards

Standards. Sounds boooooring….. doesn’t it? It could be if standards were not so important....More
in Communiqué Jan 04, 2016

The Internet of Things: Hype, Hope, or Hit?

Are you sick and tired of hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT) yet? Most of you have probably been inundated with articles, e-mails, and blogs....More
in Communiqué Dec 08, 2015

3 New Versions of Ethernet You Should Know About

From its humble beginnings in 1973 as a 2.92 Mb/s coax bus to today’s 10 Gb/s twisted pair and 100 Gb/s fiber versions, Ethernet has more room to....More
in Communiqué Nov 12, 2015

Too Much Information? Here’s What to Do

Is your brain about to explode from too much information input? Mine is. It is one of the hazards of living in today’s so-called information society....More
in Communiqué Oct 29, 2015

5 Things NOT to Do With Your Drone

Drones have become a major market in the last several years. Most of the market is military and government. However, significant commercial....More
in Communiqué Oct 09, 2015

Will Noise and Interference Throttle the Internet of Things?

If the projections for the volume of the Internet of Things (IoT) actually happen, we will have tens of billions of devices, mostly wireless, vying....More
in Communiqué Sep 24, 2015

This New Edition Is a Must-Have Electronics Classic

Books still matter. Even though the Internet can take care of most of our usual information needs, every now and then we still need more in-depth....More
in Communiqué Sep 04, 2015

What’s Next for Smartphones?

Are you satisfied with your smartphone? If not, what more do you want it to do? Would you like better performance like longer battery life or faster....More
in Communiqué Aug 18, 2015

5 Technologies That Are Going Nowhere

An overview of five technologies that might get our blood boiling with excitement, but ultimately could have a difficult time penetrating into the....More
in Communiqué Jul 23, 2015

Ranking the Top 5 Wireless Devices

Practically everything is wireless these days. When contemplating this lately, I was mentally categorizing all of the devices and technologies....More
Commentaries and Blogs
Guest Blogs
Jan 4, 2016
blog

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic Circuit Prototypes, Part 3 6

Part 3 delves into critical equipment for testing today's electronics, and provides updates on circuit-board designs from Part 1....More
Nov 16, 2015
Commentary

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 2 6

Part 2 gives step-by-step instructions on how to turn a Black & Decker TO1675B convection countertop oven into a temperature-controlled reflow oven....More
Oct 7, 2015
Commentary

Building Home or Very Small Office Electronic-Circuit Prototypes, Part 1 17

This first part in a series goes through the steps of creating a preliminary design for a small and inexpensive hobbyist/limited-technology-prototype build-and-test capability....More

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