CP400P Wireless Communication and Networks Lab

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This is the CP400P Lab page, created and updated by Terry Sturtevant .
Page last updated Monday July 21, 2014
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Evaluation Methods

Course Material

Week of ... Lab Reference Material
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Jan. 6

Textbook: Appendix 2A Decibels and Signal Strength

Jan. 13

Manual for Spectran Meter   [ December 12, 2011  ]

Manual for Agilent Meter   [ December 12, 2011  ]

Textbook: Section 5.1 Antennas

Jan. 20 Wi-Fi Wireless Wiki (see section on "Attenuation")

Electromagnetic waves - reflection, refraction, diffraction [Radio-Electronics.com ]

Fast fading

Textbook: Section 2.4 Transmission Media

Jan. 27

What the Signal Strength Bars mean in Wireless hardware   [2005]

iPhone exaggerates the signal strength of AT&T's network   [2010]

Feb. 3

Feb. 10
  • Technology reporting
  • Project introduction

Feb. 17 Reading Week - no lab  

Feb. 24 Arduino homepage

Pin assignment diagram (png version)

Pin assignment diagram (DIA, i.e. editable version)

March 3 Index of sensors (including ones used here)

March 10 Xbee shield wireless module
Xbee Zigbee wireless module datasheet
Xbee module mechanical specifications
Arduino Xbee shield wireless module schematic

March 17
  • continuing

March 24
  • continuing

March 31
  • Final demonstration
  • Lab evaluation


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