Advanced Wireless Networks


This course is designed for network professionals and network experts who are particularly interested in wireless and wish to gain more in-depth knowledge of wireless technologies, wireless networks and communications. An overview of selected wireless networking technologies is reviewed on a practical and hands-on level, for the following topics: Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN), Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks (WMAN), and cellular mobile and Wireless Wide Area Networks (WWAN). The course focuses on several hands-on labs in Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANET), Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN), WiMAX, and studies other new wireless technologies such as wireless sensor Networks (WSN), 3G and 4G technologies such as LTE.

The wireless networking course (CN8871) will completely focus on wireless technologies with a “Network Perspective”, including MAC, Network and Application layers, as oppose to traditional wireless courses that focus more on the communication and physical layer aspects of wireless technologies. Each technology is studied by looking at the network architecture, network components, network protocols, equipment and their configuration, and so on.

On a more advance level, the course will cover several topics on different wireless technologies, such as network architecture of cellular systems with the system-level details of GSM , GPRS, UMTS, and LTE as well as MAC protocols for the IEEE 802.11, 802.16, and LTE. Several new and cutting-edge wireless technologies will be discussed such as mobility and hand-off management, radio resource management (RRM), quality of service (QoS) provisioning, wireless security, mobile IP, wireless routing protocols, and so on.

Selected Topics:
1) Review and clarification of basic wireless communication technology concepts, and distinguishing Wireless Network technologies from Wireless Communication technologies, review of wireless course CN8817.

2) Different types of Wireless Spectrum including Frequency Spectrum, Data Rate Spectrum , Range Spectrum, and Wireless Technology Spectrum

3) Overview of a wide range of Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) including Bluetooth, ZigBee, HomeRF, IrDA, UW WPANs based on international wireless standard bodies: ITU, ETSI, IEEE, 3GPP and so on

4) Overview of a wide range of Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) including InfraRed, WiFi, HIPERLAN, Spread Spectrum, and RadioLAN WLANs based on international wireless standard bodies: ITU, ETSI, IEEE, 3GPP and so on

5) Wireless Network and Technology progression starting from 1st generation (1G) and going through 2G, 3G, and 4G, based on ITU recommendations in IMT and IMS, as well as the IEEE and 3GPP standards such as 802.x and LET-advanced. Advancements and enhancements in the network architecture, components, and protocols in all layers from PHY to Application layer technologies

6) 4G in detail (based on WiMAX and LTE) including 4G network architecture, network components in different parts of the network including Access and Core sides (UE, ASN, CSN, ASP), protocols in PHY, MAC, NET, Transport, and Application layers. With emphasis on Radio Resource Management (RRM), Quality of Service (QoS), Security, and Routing all in wireless

7) Ad-hoc wireless networks applications, including MANET, Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN), Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), with emphasis on network architecture, applications, MAC and NET layer protocols

Labs :
1. Cisco Unified Solution for Wireless Enterprise Network setup and configurations using Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) and Wireless Access Point (WAP)
2. Wireless Mesh network setup and configurations using Lightweight APs and WLC
3. Wireless Ad-Hoc network setup and configurations using Wireless devices and APs
4. WLAN security, layer 2 and 3 authentication methods, using internal and remote server
5. WLAN Performance Comparison for Infrastructure versus Ad-hoc mode Using APs

Dr. Amir Esmailpour

Labs: 40%
Midterm: 20%
Final Project: 40% [group work, one project per group]

Prerequisite: CN 8810 only

Projects: Each group will take one of the selected topics in advanced wireless technologies, performs detailed research study, analysis (using either analytical, simulation or implementation using existing wireless equipment). Then based on the work, prepare a technical report and presentation for a final evaluation.