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3 Credits
Winter term, odd years

IE 418
David Porter
420 Rogers Hall

Course Description

RF fundamentals, ISO 802.11 standards, spread spectrum technology, narrow band technology, direct sequence and frequency hopping transmission schemes, electromagnetic interference, design of indoor wireless networks.


  • Introduction
  • Wireless LAN technology
  • Introduction to Wavelink Studio
  • Antennas and propagation
  • Spread spectrum
  • Special topics

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Understand different types of wireless local area network (WLAN) technologies
  2. Understand the significance that specific layers of the TCP/IP protocol have in wireless communications
  3. Identify the different types of wireless communications protocols contained in the IEEE 802.11 WLAN
  4. Identify the most critical antenna design parameters and understand their impact in wireless communications
  5. Understand radio frequency (RF) propagation
  6. Understand spread spectrum technology
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts related with alternative wireless technologies such as radio frequency identification (RFID)
  8. Demonstrate the ability to design and implement a wireless data collection system
  9. Demonstrate the ability to communicate and document technical information in a professional, structured, timely and effective manner