FIK3505 Wireless Access Protocols 7.5 credits

Trådlösa accessprotokoll

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

1)Wireless packet transmission: Fading channels, ARQ, HARQ, Energy efficient protocols, Link adaption & scheduling, Throughput/Delay tradeoff.
2) Multiple access protocols: Introduction, Models & Classification
3) Conflict free access schemes, FDMA/TDMA-systems, Generalized TDMA, Dynamic conflict free access: Reservation schemes, Polling. Bluetooth.
4)ALOHA-type Protocols: Pure & slotted Aloha. Finite & infinite uses populations. Delay & Stability analysis. Impact of radio channels (errors, fading, capture). Multiple access in cellular systems.
5) Carrier Sense type Protocols: Persistency, slotted/pure CSMA. CSMA/CD. Hidden terminals. IEEE 802.11xx, WiFi
6)Collision Resolution Protocols: Tree & stack protocols, limited sensing.
7) Multihop radio networks: multiple access in multihop systems. STDMA, Multihop CSMA. Multihop routing schemes.
8) Course project - Performance evaluation of radio-access protocols by simulation

Intended learning outcomes *

The course aims at providing the students the fundamentals of packet oriented wireless communication systems.  After successful completion of the course the student should able to perform performances analysis of media access protocols, in particular in wireless systems with analytic and simulation tools. Specific emphasis is on radio layer aspects as fading, interference and power capture phenomena are treated.

Course Disposition

Seminars, Homework review sessions, Project

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic/Intermediate queuing theory e.g.  EP2200 Queuing Theory and Teletraffic Systems, or equivalent.


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R Rom M Sidi, Multiple Access Protocols, Springer 1991
Journal Articles

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Other requirements for final grade *

    Homework problems -75% solved satisfactory
    Project: Written report + oral presentation

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Jens Zander

    Ethical approach *

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

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    Offered by

    EECS/Communication Systems

    Main field of study *

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    Education cycle *

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Communication Systems