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UNIT-I:Wireless LANS and PANS: Introduction, Fundamentals of WLANS, IEEE 802.11 Standards, HIPERLAN Standard, Bluetooth, Home RF.

Wireless Internet: Wireless Internet, Mobile IP, TCP in Wireless Domain, WAP, Optimizing Web over Wireless.


AD HOC Wireless Networks: Introduction, Issues in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, AD Hoc Wireless Internet.MAC Protocols for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Introduction, Issues in Designing a MAC protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Design goals of a MAC Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Classifications of MAC Protocols, Contention - Based Protocols, Contention - Based Protocols with reservation Mechanisms, Contention – Based MAC Protocols with Scheduling Mechanisms, MAC Protocols that use Directional Antennas, Other MAC Protocols.


Routing Protocols: Introduction, Issues in Designing a Routing Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Classification of Routing Protocols, Table –Driven Routing Protocols, On – Demand Routing Protocols, Hybrid Routing Protocols, Routing Protocols with Efficient Flooding Mechanisms, Hierarchical Routing Protocols, Power – Aware Routing Protocols.

Transport Layer and Security Protocols: Introduction, Issues in Designing a Transport Layer Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Design Goals of a Transport Layer Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Classification of Transport Layer Solutions, TCP Over Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Other Transport Layer Protocol for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Security in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Network Security Requirements, Issues and Challenges in Security Provisioning, Network Security Attacks, Key Management, Secure Routing in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.


Quality of Service: Introduction, Issues and Challenges in Providing QoS in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Classification of QoS Solutions, MAC Layer Solutions, Network Layer Solutions, QoS Frameworks for Ad Hoc Wireless Networks.

Energy Management: Introduction, Need for Energy Management in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Classification of Ad Hoc Wireless Networks, Battery Management Schemes, Transmission Power Management Schemes, System Power Management Schemes.


Wireless Sensor Networks: Introduction, Sensor Network Architecture, Data Dissemination, Data Gathering, MAC Protocols for Sensor Networks, Location Discovery, Quality of a Sensor Network, Evolving Standards, Other Issues.


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The field of computer networks has grown significantly in the last three decades. An interesting usage of computer networks is in offices and educational institutions, where tens (sometimes hundreds) of personal computers (PCs) are interconnected, to share resources (e.g., printers) and exchange information, using a high-bandwidth communication medium (such as the Ethernet). These privately-owned networks are known as local area networks (LANs) which come under the category of small-scale networks (networks within a single building or campus with a size of a few kilometers). To do away with the wiring associated with the interconnection of PCs in LANs, researchers have explored the possible usage of radio waves and infrared light for interconnection [1]. This has resulted in the emergence of wireless LANs (WLANs), where wireless transmission is used at the physical layer of the network. Wireless personal area networks (WPANs) are the next step down from WLANs, covering smaller areas with low power transmission, for networking of portable and mobile computing devices such as PCs, personal digital assistants (PDAs), which are essentially very small computers designed to consume as little power as possible so as to increase the lifetime of their batteries, cell phones, printers, speakers, microphones, and other consumer electronics. This chapter highlights the issues involved in the design of WLANs and PANs. It consists of the following sections:

1. Fundamentals of WLANs: The technical issues in WLANs must be understood in order to appreciate the difference between wired networks and wireless networks. The use of WLANs and their design goals are then studied. The types of WLANs, their components, and their basic functionalities are also brought out in this section.

2. IEEE 802.11 Standard: This section introduces a prominent standard in WLANs, the IEEE 802.11 standard. The medium access control (MAC) layer and the physical layer mechanisms are explained here. This section also covers some of the optional functionalities, such as security and quality of service (QoS).

3. HIPERLAN Standard: This section describes another WLAN standard,

HIPER-LAN standard, which is a European standard based on radio access.

4. Bluetooth: This section deals with the Bluetooth standard, which enables personal devices to communicate with each other in the absence of infrastructure.

5. HomeRF: This section discusses the issues in home networking (HomeRF

standard) and finally illustrates the technical differences between Bluetooth, HomeRF, and other technologies such as infrared [portable devices that use the infrared interface of the Infrared Data Association (IrDA) for transmission], which are the current technological alternatives in the PAN area.


This section deals with the fundamental principles, concepts, and requirements of WLANs. This section also brings out WLAN types, their components, and some of their functionalities. In what follows, the terms "node," "station," and "terminal" are used interchangeably. While both portable terminals and mobile terminals can move from one place to another, portable terminals are accessed only when they are stationary. Mobile terminals (MTs), on the other hand, are more powerful, and can be accessed when they are in motion. WLANs aim to support truly mobile work stations.

Technical Issues

Here the technical issues that are encountered in the design and engineering of WLANs are discussed. In particular, the differences between wireless and wired networks, the use of WLANs, and the design goals for WLANs are studied.

Differences Between Wireless and Wired Transmission

• Address is not equivalent to physical location: In a wireless network, address refers to a particular station and this station need not be stationary. Therefore, address may not always refer to a particular geographical location.

• Dynamic topology and restricted connectivity: The mobile nodes may often go out of reach of each other. This means that network connectivity is partial at times.

• Medium boundaries are not well-defined: The exact reach of wireless signals cannot be determined accurately. It depends on various factors such as signal strength and noise levels. This means that the precise boundaries of the medium cannot be determined easily.

• Error-prone medium: Transmissions by a node in the wireless channel are affected by simultaneous transmissions by neighboring nodes that are located within the direct transmission range of the transmitting node. This means that the error rates are significantly higher in the wireless medium. Typical bit error rates (fractions of bits that are received in error) are of the order of 10-4 in a wireless channel as against 10-9 in fiber optic cables. The above four factors imply that we need to build a reliable network on top of an inherently unreliable channel. This is realized in practice by having reliable protocols at the MAC layer, which hide the unreliability that is present in the physical layer.

Use of WLANs

Wireless computer networks are capable of offering versatile functionalities. WLANs are very flexible and can be configured in a variety of topologies based on the application. Some possible uses of WLANs are mentioned below.

• Users would be able to surf the Internet, check e-mail, and receive Instant Messages on the move.

• In areas affected by earthquakes or other such disasters, no suitable infrastructure may be available on the site. WLANs are handy in such locations to set up networks on the fly.

• There are many historic buildings where there has been a need to set up computer networks. In such places, wiring may not be permitted or the building design may not be conducive to efficient wiring. WLANs are very good solutions in such places.

Design Goals :

The following are some of the goals which have to be achieved while designing


• Operational simplicity: Design of wireless LANs must incorporate features to enable a mobile user to quickly set up and access network services in a simple and efficient manner.

• Power-efficient operation: The power-constrained nature of mobile computing devices such as laptops and PDAs necessitates the important requirement of WLANs operating with minimal power consumption. Therefore, the design of WLAN must inc


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