CN8871: Advanced Wireless Networks


Instructor: TBA

Term: Spring/Summer


n the past decade or so, we have observed numerous emerging applications for wireless technologies. Today the number of people using wireless systems in their daily life is increasing at a rapid pace, and there is no evidence that this pace will slow down anytime in near future. New technologies are developed on daily basis and the industry is in an increasing need of well trained and skilled graduates in this field. They need the graduates to be able to integrate with their existing workforce with minimal amount of training.

Our wireless networking courses are specially designed to prepare our graduates with the state-of-the-art wireless technologies and equip them with the theoretical as well as hands-on skills required in the field. We have two courses in wireless networking. The wireless networking courses will focus on the networking aspects of wireless rather than pure communication. The communication topics will accompany each section to help students comprehend the fundamentals of wireless technologies with a lower level of analytical and mathematical details of communications as they would appear in traditional wireless communication courses. The Networking courses will focus more on the networking and telecommunication side of the wireless, such as wireless technologies, network architecture, equipment, protocols and network configuration, etc. Wireless devices, security, quality of service, service provider and user considerations will be discussed in detail.

The two Wireless Networking courses help students to receive an in depth level of knowledge on wireless systems. There are five laboratory exercises associated with each course. The designed labs will bring students with hands-on experience on advanced technologies in wireless. The labs bridge the theory with applications and help students to receive training required to meet the desired needs of industry. Students will work on software and hardware used in the field, and will attain hands-on-experience in related areas. Wireless networking courses prepare graduate students for careers in variety of wireless related companies such as Enterprises as well as Wireless Service Providers.  

Variety of topics in several commonly used wireless technologies are studied in detail. The material is divided in two courses: 1) CN8817: Introduction to wireless network technologies, and 2) CN8871: Advanced wireless network technologies.

The first course will start with the fundamentals of wireless network technologies, covering topics such as various wireless spectrums, wireless communication topics, signal propagation, antenna technologies, and Physical and MAC layer protocols. The second part of this course covers some of the most commonly used Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) technologies such as Bluetooth and ZigBee, and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technologies such as WiFi and HIPERLAN. Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the Cellular technology concepts.

The advanced course will start with new and Next Generation of wireless technologies (wireless-NG). Two important areas of wireless technologies will be followed: The ITU-3GPP and the IEEE standards:

1) Cellular technology propagation will be covered in detail starting from 1G-AMPS up to and including 5G technologies such as LTE-advanced,

2) In the IEEE standard spectrum, evolution of the IEEE802.11 and the IEEE802.16 will be covered in detail for technologies such as WiFi and WiMAX.

The second part of the course will focus on Wireless Ad-hoc technologies, covering: 1) Wireless Mobile Ad-Hoc Networks (MANET), 2) Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN), and 3) Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN).  Finally the last part of the course will cover independent wireless technologies such as Satellite and RFID. 

Selected topics (Tentative):

  • 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 802.11x, 802.16x and LET-advanced. Advancements and enhancements in the network architecture, components, and protocols in all layers from PHY to Application layer technologies will be covered.
  • 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
  • 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 
  • Satellite and RFID wireless technologies. 


  • Labs:

1.     Cisco Unified Solution for Wireless Enterprise Network setup and configurations using Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) and Lightweight Wireless Access Point (WAP)

2.     Enterprise Wireless Network Security setup and configuration using Cisco WLC and LWAP with internal     and external AAA server options

3.     Wireless Ad-Hoc and mesh network setup and configurations using WLC and LWAP devices

4.     4G wireless network technology performance comparison between WiMAX and LTE technologies using OPNET simulation environment

5.     Wireless Ad-hoc network performance analysis using different wireless routing protocols such as AODV, DSR, OLSR, etc. in OPNET


  • Instructor: TBA
  • Term: Spring
  • Office hours: By appointment
  • TA name and hours: TBA
  • Class days and hours: TBA
  • Grading:
  • 30% - 5 Lab exercises
  • 30% - Project and Presentation
  • 40% - Midterm



Wireless Communications & Networks  

Author: William Stallings

Publisher: Pearson, 2nd Edition, 2005


Recommended readings:

  • Beyond 3G - Bringing Networks, Terminals and the Web Together: LTE, WiMAX, IMS, 4G Devices and the Mobile Web 2.0, by Martin Sauter
  • LTE for UMTS : Evolution to LTE-Advanced. Wiley. 2nd Edition by Harri Holma, Antti Toskala, April 2011,
  • Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Architectures and Protocols. Prentice Hall: ISBN-10: 013147023X
    ISBN-13:  9780131470231. By Murthy and Manoj
  • Next Generation Mobile Communications Ecosystem: Technology Management for Mobile Communications. Wiley by Saad Z. Asi
  • Wireless Sensor Networks. Wiley. I. Akyldiz and M. Vuran. Aug.2010, ISBN: 978-0-470-03601-3.
  • The IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/s standards, available on the IEEE website:
  • http://standards.ieee.org/about/get/802/802.11.html
  • The IEEE 802.16 (d and e) standards. available on the IEEE website http://www.ieee802.org/16/published.html
  • 3GPP (GSM, UMTS, LTE) standard documentation available online at: http://www.3gpp.org/specifications
  • Ian F. Akyildiz, Xudong Wang, Weilin Wang: "Wireless mesh networks: a survey", "Computer Networks and ISDN Systems", v.47 n.4,p.445-487, 15 March 2005