Wireless Access Networks
Upon completion of the course students will understand wireless technologies with applications to various wireless access networks. They will have extensive theoretical knowledge about relevant standards. Students will have the ability to plan, design and implement wireless access networks.
- interpret basic terms and characteristics of wireless access networks
- compare various wireless access technologies
- explain main characteristics of WLAN technologies
- choose modulation technique for wireless transmission
- illustrate standards and typical applications and services in WLAN networks
- assess security issues in wireless networks
- analyze measurements of wireless access network parameters
Forms of Teaching
|Type||Threshold||Percent of Grade||Threshold||Percent of Grade|
|Class participation||0 %||12 %||0 %||12 %|
|Mid Term Exam: Written||0 %||30 %||0 %|
|Final Exam: Written||0 %||46 %|
|Final Exam: Oral||12 %|
|Exam: Written||0 %||76 %|
|Exam: Oral||12 %|
Week by Week Schedule
- Necessity for wireless terminals connectivity and networking. Wireless networking advantages and disadvantages.
- Overview of wireless access technologies. Narrowband and broadband networks, fixed and nomadic networks. Wireless local loop (WLL), Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) interfaces.
- Fixed wireless access (FWA) networks, frequency bands for different networks. Criterions for frequency bands allocation.
- Network topologies, hotspot networks. Communication links: point-to-point (PTP), point-to-multipoint (PMP), multipoint-to-multipoint (MTM).
- Standards for most frequently used wireless access networks: WPAN (802.15, Bluetooth, DECT, IrDA), UWB (Ultra-Wideband), WLAN (802.11, Wi-Fi, HIPERLAN, IrDA), WMAN (802.16, WiMAX, HIPERMAN, HIPERACCESS), WWAN (802.20).
- Other technologies for broadband wireless access, Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS), Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS). Ad Hoc networks.
- Network services. Services types based on carrier frequency and bandwidth.
- Mid-term exam.
- Wireless access networks planning, design and installation. Services provision, legislative and technical aspects.
- Technical and economical factors for network planning: expenses, coverage, link capacity, network complexity and carrier-to-interference ratio (C/I). Base station or access point allocation. Base station and access point equipment.
- Terminal mobility issues regarding wireless access to Internet.
- Wireless networking security issues.
- Example of laptop or handheld PC wireless connection in real environment. PC wireless interface equipment.
- Wireless access network exploitation and management, software requirements, link quality control.
- Business model, wireless network services market, market research and marketing, service providers, wireless data application service providers (WDASP) and their role on public telecommunication services market, billing systems.