ECE Course Outline


Mobile and Wireless Networks (3-0-3)

ECE 3076*/3600** Prerequisites indicated with an asterisk may be taken concurrently with ECE4607
Catalog Description
Basics of mobile and wireless networking. Architectures and communication protocols for wireless sensor networks, wireless local area networks, ad-hoc networks, cellular systems, WiMAX, and Wireless Mesh Networks.
No Textbook Specified.
Topical Outline
Wireless Sensor Networks
* Network Architecture, Applications, Factors Influencing Network Design
* Application Layer Framework, Transport Layer Solutions 
* Routing Algorithms, Medium Access Control Schemes, Error Control

Ad Hoc Networks
* Topologies and Characteristics, Routing Algorithms
* Proactive and Reactive Routing Protocols

Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs)
* Reference Architecture, Protocol Architecture
* Family of Wireless LAN Standards and Details (IEEE 802.11; a;b;d;e;f;g;h;I;n)
* Physical Layer Functions, CSMA and its Problems for WiLANS, MAC Layer Solutions

Wireless Personal Area Networks (Bluetooth)

Mobile IP
* Agent Discovery/Advertising Care-of Addresses
* Registration, Tunneling (Encapsulation), Triangle Routing, Optimized Routing

First Generation Personal Communication Systems (AMPS)
* Cellular Concept, Frequency Reuse, Interference
* Cell Capacity, Cell Splitting, Cell Sectoring
* Mobility Management, Handovers

Second Generation Personal Communication Systems
* GSM Overview and Architecture, GSM Channels
* IS 54 (TDMA Based) and IS 95 (CDMA Based) Architecture and Details

2.5 Generation Wireless Systems (GPRS)
* Reference Architecture, Devices and Terminal Types
* Location Management and Handoffs in GPRS
* Short Messages Services (SMS)

Third Generation Wireless Systems
* IMT-2000 (International Mobile Telephone)
* UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone Systems)
* Evolution from 2G to 3G; Differences

* Motivation, Architecture
* IEEE 802.16 Standard
* Future and Research Challenges

Wireless Mesh Networks
* Architecture (Mesh Clients, Mesh Routers), WMNs vs Ad Hoc Networks (Differences)
* Application Scenarios, Critical Factors Influencing Network Design
* Physical Layer Solutions, Existing MAC Solutions, Routing Protocols, Research Challenges
* IEEE Standard Activities and their Status