CN 8817: Wireless Networks



This course gives an overview of wireless networking, which includes an introduction to wireless physical characteristics and mobility. It discusses signal propagation, wireless channel characteristics, and multiplexing techniques. It does not cover material on coding and modulation as they are covered in CN8811. It discusses cellular networks with the system-level details of GSM and GPRS. It also gives an overview of the architecture of 3G system – UMTS. It discusses the need for specialized MAC for wireless, and MAC protocols for 802.11, WiFi, and GPRS in detail. It covers IEEE 802.11 and WiMAX standards in sufficient detail. Mobility is an important characteristic of cellular and wireless LAN networks. The course describes Mobile IP. Future Architectures of multi-hop wireless networks, e.g. Mesh, Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks are also discussed.


1. Introduction: Applications, Short History
2. Overview of Wireless Transmission: Frequencies, Signal Propagation, Multiplexing, Spread Spectrum (FH and DSS), 802.11 FH PHY and DSS PHY
3. Medium Access Protocol: Motivation for a specialized MAC: Contention-based, Scheduled, Polling
4. Cellular Architecture: Frequency Reuse, Cell Hierarchy, Handover, Location and Mobility Management
5. Cellular Systems: 2G, GPRS MAC, 3G Systems (UMTS)
6. Wireless LAN: IEEE 802.11 (DCF, PCF, 802.11e, Power Saving)
7. Broadband Wireless: WiMAX Architecture and MAC
8. Multi-Hop Wireless Networks (Mesh, Ad Hoc, Sensor)
9. Mobile IP
10. Multi-hop Wireless Networks and Routing


Muhammad Jaseemuddin
Email:, Phone: 979-5000x6073, office: ENG450
Office hours: Thursday 4:00pm – 5:00pm
TA: Khalid Abdel Hafeez ( ), office: EPH406
Office hours: Thursdays and Fridays 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Home Page:

Lectures: Thursdays and Fridays 5:00pm – 8:00pm@EPH242

Prerequisites: CN8811 Multimedia Processing and Digital Communications

Text: J. Schiller, Mobile Communications, Second Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2003.


T. Rappaport, Wireless Communications – Principles and Practice, Second Edition, Prentice Hall.
William Stallings, Wireless Communications and Networks, Prentice Hall.
M. Gast, 802.11 Wireless Networks, O’Reilly.
K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Principles of Wireless Networks – A Unified Approach, Prentice Hall.


1 Final exam (closed-book)
2 Quizzes


Based on the following weight
Lab Participation 40%
Quiz (2 – evenly divided) 10%
Final Examination 50%


1. 802.11 Configurations and Performance
2. Wireless LAN Security


1. You must submit only softcopy of your lab report for every lab.
2. Please use emails for communicating your needs, I discourage phone calls unless it is an absolute necessity. I won’t be able to answer your questions through email, please use office hours for that purpose.
3. Check the course home page for course related information.
4. Please make yourself aware of university policies, especially regarding cheating and plagiarism.
5. Class participation is highly encouraged.