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Wireless LANs

TLEN 5520

Wireless LANs

Fall 2016


James Lansford

Summer 2016
Session D


James Lansford


Covers wireless packet data networks. Explores how the distinctive characteristics of the wireless medium affect not only the physical layer but the entire OSI seven layer model. In this course we will study papers, standards, and federal regulations covering different aspects of wireless data networks. There will be a semester long project. Same as ECEN 5032 Wireless LANs.


- Why is wireless different? Wireless Communication Overview - Medium Access: Contention, Hidden terminals, Capture - Physical Layer, Medium Access, Management - Wireless Network Theory: Models, Throughput, Capacity - Multihop Network Routing: Proactive vs. Reactive Routing - Dynamic Source Routing Protocol: Route Discovery & Maintenance - WLAN Applications: Hot Spots, Public Safety, Community Networks - BlueTooth and 802.15: Personal Area Networks - WLAN-like Technologies, 802.16, Metropolity Area Networks, Sensor Networks, Simple End Devices, RFID, Tracking


Students will be able to design and analyze wireless data networks.


A graduate course in data networking such as: TLEN 5330 Data Communication I, CSCI 5273 Network Systems, or ECEN 5032 Communication Networks. You should be familiar with chapters 1-4 in the optional text.


A good reference for the course is:
Stallings, Wireless Communications & Networks, 2nd ed., ISBN 0131918354.
Supplemental texts (some on reserve in the engineering library):
For an overview of wireless with a cellular perspective:
Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed., Prentice-Hall, 2002, ISBN 0-13-042232-0.
For the basic text on antenna design:
Balanis, Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, 2nd ed., Wiley, 1997, ISBN 0-471592684.
For books on 802.11:
Gast, 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, O'Reilly, 2002, ISBN 0-596-00183-5.
O'Hara and Petrick, The IEEE 802.11 Handbook: A Designer's Companion, IEEE, ISBN 0-7381-1855-9.
Flickinger, Building Wireless Community Networks, 2nd ed., O'Reilly, 2003, ISBN 0-596-00502-4.
For a survey of security issues:
Bichols and Lekkas, Wireless Security: Models, Threats, and Solutions, McGraw-Hill, 2002, ISBN 0-07-138038-8.
Fore wireless web application writing:
Skelton, Wireless Application Development, Thomson, 2003, ISBN 0-619-15931-6.


Web and e-mail access required. Students will need to sign up for the class list in order to get announcements, homework, solutions, and commentary.

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Usually Offered: 

  • Spring
  • Summer

Previous Course Offerings

See up to the past five offerings of this course:
Semester Type Instructor(s) Schedule
Spring 2016 Distance / In-Class James Lansford MON WED
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Spring 2015 Distance / In-Class James Lansford MON WED
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Spring 2014 Distance / In-Class James Lansford MON WED
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

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