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This course provides an introduction to wireless networking, including fundamental principles, architectures, and techniques. The objective of this course is to help students understand how wireless systems work and how mobility is supported for a variety of network architectures such as cellular, wireless local area networks, ad-hoc and IP infrastructures.

In addition to classroom activity, students will gain in-depth knowledge of latest developments in wireless systems through carefully designed labs, including mobile IP test-bed and exercises using UMTS module in NS2. There is also a course project. In groups, students will design and implement one of the suggested projects.

The prerequisite of this course is Communication Principles , from which students are assumed to understand basic concepts about computer networks and layered architecture. course like digital communications covers physical layer issues in wireless network, which discusses channel modeling, modulation and other issues. Knowledge of digital communications course will also be helpful to this course, while it is not required.


Time and Place

8:00 pm - 9:50pm : Tue, Friday, F-101



Dr. Xinbing Wang
Office: 1-429
Office hours: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Tuesday in 5-307 or by appointment


Dr. Xiaohua Tian

Office: 5-301


Teaching Assistant

Dr. Zhe Luo
Email :
Office Hours: 7:00-9:00pm Thursday in 5-307.



There will be a midterm, homework assignments, and projects.

Homework: 20%
Project: 40%
Lab: 20%

Homework grading

  • Homework will be due in class at the beginning of the lecture. See schedule for due dates of specific homework assignments.
  • Late homework assignments will not receive any credit.
  • There will be no partial credit for parts of the homework problems. E.g., if a homework assignment has 2 problems with 2 parts each, the score for that homework can be 0,1,2,3 or 4 out of 4. Only the sub-problems that are worked out completely and correctly will be credited.
  • Every homework assignment will have an equal weight and a scale of 10 points.


Every student earning 90% is guaranteed to have be in the A range (A-, A, A+).
Every student earning 80% is guaranteed to have be in the B range (B-. B, B+).
Every student earning 70% is guaranteed to have be in the C range (C-,C,C+).
Every student earning 60% is guaranteed to have be in the D range (D-, D, D+).

Audit students must earn a B average on the homework.



Computer Networks





1. Jon W. Mark and Weihua Zhuang, "Wireless Communications and Networking", Pearson Education, 2005.
2.The book has been translated to Chinese: 无线通信与网络, Publishing House of Electronics Industry, China, ISBN 7-120-00048-9, 2004.
3. William Stallings, Wireless Communications & Networks, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 2005. 
4. T. S. Rappaport, "Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice," Second Edition, Pearson Education, 2004


Course Policies

  • There will be no make-up exams
  • Reading assignments are assumed to be actual assignments, in other words, the instructor will assume that the students have studied the reading assignment material.
  • New assignments and deadlines will be announced in class. Hard copies of handouts, assignments etc. will usually not be distributed. Updates and copies of assignments will be available only from the web and/or e-mail. It is your responsibility to check whether anything new has been issued if you miss a class.
  • Objections to grading of assignments or exams must be filed in writing within one week after they have been returned to you.
  • No cheating allowed. Any form of cheating will result in an immediate failure of the course, and may be reported to school for further action.
  • If you have any questions regarding the homework, please see the teaching assistant first. You are welcome to ask me questions regarding the course, but regarding specific homework questions, please see me only after you have seen the TA first (and not found the answer satisfactory).
  • During the lecture please turn off any cellular phones, PDAs, laptops, etc.

Academic integrity

All the provisions of the code of academic integrity apply to this course. In addition, it is my understanding and expectation that your signature on any test or assignment means that you neither gave nor received unauthorized aid.