Title page for ETD etd-05092003-114544

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Skidmore, Roger Ray
URN etd-05092003-114544
Title A Comprehensive Method and System for the Design and Deployment of Wireless Data Networks
Degree PhD
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ferrari, Leonard A. Committee Co-Chair
Rappaport, Theodore S. Committee Co-Chair
Abbott, A. Lynn Committee Member
Ramakrishnan, Naren Committee Member
Woerner, Brain D. Committee Member
  • communication system
  • computer networks
  • networks
  • throughput
  • propagation
  • ray tracing
  • communications
  • communication networks
  • wireless
  • indoor communications
  • WLAN
  • radio waves
  • radio
  • wireless communications
Date of Defense 2003-04-25
Availability unrestricted
Increasingly, wireless subscribers are demanding reliable data capabilities from wireless networks. The ability of wireless network engineers and Information Technology (IT) professionals to rapidly design, deploy, and maintain wireless communication systems that can provide strong, reliable data service is severely hampered by a lack of adequate systems and methods for simulating the performance of such networks a priori. Unlike older generation wireless systems that could be readily deployed on the basis of strong received signal strength and simple circuit-switched channel allocation protocols, modern and emerging wireless data networks are more noise and interference limited and rely on packet-based protocols. A heavier emphasis is needed on predicting and simulating throughput, bit error rate, frame error rate, user priority classes, and overall network capacity. This research provides wireless network engineers and IT professionals with a comprehensive system and method for the simulation and design of wireless communication systems that combines site-specific databases, equipment-specific distribution system modeling, and advanced ray tracing propagation analysis to directly predict throughput, frame error rate (FER), and other critical performance parameters for emerging wireless data networks.
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