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 wireless data communication standards, and review a number of more advanced topics. Specifically, we will cover the following topics:
  • 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.


Lecture: Monday and Wednesday 9am-10:50am
Recitations: Friday 2pm-3:30 (group A) and 4pm-5:30pm (group B)

Instructor: Hedda R. Schmidtke
Office hours: Tuesday 3pm-4pm and Thursday 2pm-3pm and by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Martin Saint      msaint@Rwanda.cmu.edu
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 11 am to 12 pm, and by appointment

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Assignment solutions and the final project report should be submitted through blackboard.


  • The main ressource for the course is: "Wireless Communications and Networks", William Stallings, Prentice Hall, second edition, 2005
  • Additional material from this book: "Wireless Communications & Networking", Vijay Garg, Morgan Kaufmann, June 2007

Course Schedule

Assignments and Grading

  • Homework assignments (25% of the grade)
    • 12 assignments
  • Country Survey (25%)
    • report (3 pages)
    • presentation 20mins + discussion 10mins
  • Exams (50%)
    • Midterm exam: 20%
    • Final: 30%
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