This course introduces fundamental concepts of wireless networks. The course will combine lectures with a set of assignments in which students will run experiments on wireless networks. The lectures will provide an introduction to the wireless physical layer (accessible for students with mostly a computer systems background), discuss commonly used wireless MAC mechanisms, give an overview of wireless data communication standards, and review a number of more advanced topics. Specifically, the following topics are covered:
- Wireless networking challenges
- Wireless communication overview
- Wireless MAC concepts
- Overview of cellular standards and WiMax (802.16)
- Overview of wireless MAC protocols including 802.11, bluetooth and personal area networks, etc.
- Making wireless work in today's Internet: supporting mobility, TCP over wireless, mobility, security, etc.
- Review of selected advanced topics, e.g. mesh and vehicular networks, sensor networks, DTNs, ...
The course will not only address the technical aspects of wireless networking, but will also contribute to the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
- Understanding the key specifics of wireless networks
- Ability to recognize and analyze wireless network challenges and opportunities for a given application
- Ability to evaluate and select alternatives for wireless network applications
- Ability to learn about, assess and use future technologies
- Understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context