Course Information

18-452: Wireless Networking and Applications




This course introduces fundamental concepts of wireless networks. The design of wireless networks is influenced heavily by how signals travel through space, so the course starts with an introduction to the wireless physical layer, presented in a way that is accessible to a broad range of students. The focus of the course is on wireless MAC concepts including CSMA, TDMA/FDMA, and CDMA. It also covers a broad range of wireless networking standards, and reviews important wireless network application areas (e.g., sensor networks, vehicular) and other applications of wireless technologies (e.g., GPS, RFID, sensing, etc.). Finally, we will touch on public policy issues, e.g., as related to spectrum use.
The course will specifically cover:
• Wireless networking challenges
• Wireless communication overview
• Wireless MAC concepts
• Overview of cellular standards and LTE
• Overview of wireless MAC protocols WiFi, bluetooth and personal area networks, etc.
• Wireless in today's Internet: TCP over wireless, mobility, security, etc.
• Advanced topics, e.g., mesh and vehicular networks, sensor networks, DTNs, localization, sensing, etc.
Although students in 18-750 will share Lectures and Recitations with students in 18-452, they will receive distinct homework assignments and exams from students in 18-452. The main project will also be different. The students in the two version of the course will also be graded on a separate curve.

Prerequisites: 18-213 or 15-213 or 18-600 or equivalent background. C/C++ and/or Java programming skills are also needed for the project.
Anti-requisite: 18-750

Last Modified: 2018-04-25 4:51PM

Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2018
  • Spring 2018
  • Spring 2017