CP480 Wireless Communication and Networks Lab

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This is the CP480 Lab page, created and updated by Terry Sturtevant.
Page last updated Monday January 16, 2017
**Items marked this way are not final.**


Introduction

Evaluation Methods

Course Material

Week of ... Lab Reference Material
[ white background indicates required reading;
gray background indicates optional reading]
Jan. 4

Textbook: Appendix 2A Decibels and Signal Strength




Jan. 11

Manual for Spectran Meter   [ October 20, 2014  ]

Manual for Agilent Meter   [ October 20, 2014  ]


Textbook: Section 5.1 Antennas



Jan. 18 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. 25


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


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



Feb. 1 Arduino homepage

Pin assignment diagram (png version)

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

LCD-00255 datasheet   [ February 5, 2015 ]


LCD-00255 extended datasheet   [ February 5, 2015 ]





Feb. 8
  • Project week 2: Serial (UART) communication to wireless device
      [ January 16, 2017 ]

    Once the LCD is working along with your serial device, work on getting the serial device to work.

  • Project continuing: Wireless device communication
      [ January 16, 2017 ]
  • Postlab Requirements   [ January 16, 2017  ]
Index of sensors (including ones used here)
Bluetooth Mate tranceiver (UART)
Bluetooth Mate page

Bluetooth tranceiver (UART)
bluetooth tranceiver



     
Feb. 15 Reading Week - no lab  
     



Feb. 22
  • continuing
325-433MHz transmitter/receiver pair
wireless transmitter/receiver pair
433MHz remote control/receiver pair
remote control
Wireless transceivers (SPI)
bluetooth tranceiver
Xbee Zigbee wireless module datasheet
Xbee module mechanical specifications
Arduino Xbee shield wireless module schematic
Fritzing where you can download software to draw wiring diagrams with Arduinos and other components



Feb. 29
  • continuing
Xbee Zigbee wireless module datasheet
Xbee module mechanical specifications
Arduino Xbee shield wireless module schematic



March 7
  • continuing



March 14
  • continuing



March 21
  • Final documentation:
    For your circuit, submit a fritzing connection diagram, your Arduino sketch and a screencast or video showing the devices working with the Arduino. Include documentation of any useful debugging tips, tools, etc. (For instance, for Bluetooth, discuss master/slave issues, talking to phones, etc.)



March 28
  • Final demonstration
  • Lab evaluation



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