|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||22 May 2022|
Wireless LANs have become a ubiquitous part of home, corporate and public spaces. Network administrators and engineers will almost certainly be involved with the provision and support of wireless networks at some level in their career. As a broadcast medium, wireless presents its own challenges distinct from wired networks. Security is also an integral part of wireless networks, as the passing of unencrypted communications across public airwaves is inherently risky. When planning, implementing, and supporting wireless networks, the network administrator needs to be well equipped to carefully assess the requirements of the business to provide a robust solution.
This course comprehensively looks at the fundamentals of wireless networking. From the standards and regulations involved to the different modes of deploying wireless devices, the course undertakes to provide a solid foundation of knowledge in the wireless networking space. Issues surrounding deployment, capacity planning, and security are discussed and the students will receive practical skills in configuring wireless devices and the services required to support a moderately sized wireless deployment. The course focusses on wireless LANs as specified in the 802.11 series of standards, but other mobile technologies are also discussed, and their advantages and disadvantages analysed.