Wireless Access Technologies


This module addresses the access methods in Wireless Local Access Networks (WLAN). The basic contention and management mechanisms are detailed. Current and emerging standards of WLAN toward 5G are also presented.

Teaching and Learning Methods: Lectures and Lab sessions (group of 2 students)

Course Policies:  Attendance to the Lab session is mandatory.

  • Book: GAST M. 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide. O’Reilly, 2002, 464p.

  • Publication: IEEE. 802.11-2016 IEEE Standard for Information technology. IEEE, 2016.


Basic knowledge of networking, C++ and bash scripts.


Wireless Local Access Network Basics

  • IEEE 802.11 Family of standards
  • IEEE 802.11 MAC
  • IEEE 802.11 PHY

WLAN extensions

  • Vehicular WiFi – IEEE 802.11p
  • WiFi MIMO – IEEE 802.11n
  • WiFi Giga – IEEE 802.11ac/ad

Advanced Topics...

  • WiFi OFDMA – IEEE 802.11ax
  • WiFi-Direct
  • 3GPP LTE D2D    

 Learning Outcomes:  

  • To be able to identify the basic functions of the IEEE 802.11 WLAN as well as the basic function of a WIFI network.

  • To be able to understand the challenge of the WLAN contention-based channel access methods.


Nb hours: 21,00


  • Lab. reports (30 % of the final grade),
  • Final exam (70 % of the final grade).