Introduction to Wireless Networking
General Information



The course is a broad introduction to wireless networking principles and architectures. The focus is on the differences between wireless networking and fixed networking (assumed to be known). While the fundamental principles are the main goal of the course, case studies of current protocols will demonstrate the concepts: wireless local area networks, cellular networks, mobile IP, ad-hoc networks, etc.

Time and Place

2:20pm - 3:35pm Tuesdays and Thursdays in MRC-313

The lab is in EB2-2027. Access is via a FOB.


Mihail L. Sichitiu
Office: EB2-3058
Phone: 515-7348

Office hours: Monday 11:30pm - 12:30pm in my office,
or by appointment.
My Google Calendar is pretty up to date - pick a time you like and email me for a confirmation.

Teaching Assistants

Yongchul Kim:


There will be a midterm, a final exam, a project and homework assignments.

Homework: 10%
Project: 20%
Midterm exam: 35%
Final exam: 35%

Note: All exams will be open books, open notes, open laptop, no network connection.

Homework grading

Homework will be due in class at the beginning of the lecture. See the schedule for due dates of specific homework assignments.
Late homework assignments will not receive any credit.
There will be no partial credit for parts of the homework problems. E.g. if a homework assignment has 2 problems with 2 parts each, the score for that homework can be 0,1,2,3 or 4 out of 4. Only the parts that are worked out completely and correctly will be credited.
Every homework assignment will have an equal weight in the final grade.

Project grading

The projects will be completed by teams of students. Each member of the team will receive individual grades as a percentage of the grade of the project.

To compute the weight for each member of the teams, after the project is submitted, I will ask the members of the teams to send me an email with the percentage they think that each member contributed to the project. The team members will receive grades proportional to their contribution to the project.

Every student earning 90% is guaranteed to have an A.
Every student earning 80% is guaranteed to have a B.
Every student earning 70% is guaranteed to have a C.
Every student earning 60% is guaranteed to have a D.

Audit students must earn a B average on the homework to pass.




Mobile Communications by Jochen Schiller (2nd edition).

Students with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with verifiable disabilities. In order to take advantage of available accommodations, students must register with Disability Services for Students at 1900 Student Health Center, Campus Box 7509, 515-7653

For more information on NC State's policy on working with students with disabilities, please see

Academic integrity

All the provisions of the code of academic integrity apply to this course. In addition, it is my understanding and expectation that your signature on any test or homework assignment means that you neither gave nor received unauthorized aid.