04-801/C4-Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda - Carnegie Mellon University


Wireless Systems Lab

Course discipline: Wireless
Units: 6
2 Lecture hours per week
5 Lab hours per week
Semester: Spring, Mini
Pre-requisites: 04-644 Wireless Networks (pre-requisite or concurrent) 

Course description:

This course will serve as hands on look at wireless communications.  The course complements 04-644 by taking several subjects to greater depth. Students will work with and in some cases build radio frequency (RF) test equipment, transmitters, receivers, antennas, and wireless communication systems. 

Learning objectives:

The goal in this class is threefold: first, to have a deeper understanding of the radio environment and what is required to build a communication system on top of the challenging wireless channel; second, to have a deeper understanding of common wireless protocols such as GSM and IEEE 802.11; third, to give students hands on knowledge of wireless test and measurement equipment as well as configuring and modifying specific types of equipment.  


After completing this course, students should be able to reason about radio propagation and interference in indoor and outdoor environments; use test equipment such as spectrum analyzers and protocol analyzers; analyze wireless protocol mechanisms with respect to specific challenges to the radio environment; build antennas; and set up wireless systems.

Faculty: Tim Brown