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IK2211 Data Links and Local Area Networks 7.5 credits

This course focuses on techniques for data links and local area networks. It gives a deep understanding about local area networks, and an overview of common transmission technologies.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2211 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

* Data transmission: channel limitations. Analog and digital transmission, line coding and modulation. Multiplexing.

* Physical infrastructure and transmission media: SDH/SONET, xDSL, PON, wireless networks.

* Flow and error control: stop&wait and sliding window, error detection and control, error correcting codes, retransmissions (ARQ).

* Multiple access and channelization: TDMA, FDMA, WDMA, CDMA, CSMA/CD, CSMA/CA. Wireless channelization, spread spectrum, OFDM, etc. Access protocols for optical networks. MPLS and GMPLS.

* Local area networks: topologies, access control, Ethernet, wireless LANs, bridged networks, "spanning tree", virtual LANs. Data link protocols.

* Metro area networks: Metro Ethernet, ring networks, WiMAX.

Intended learning outcomes

The purpose of the course is to give a good understanding about basic techniques for data links, and thorough knowledge about principles of and technologies for local area networks.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

College mathematics and mathematical statistics.


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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • SEM1 - Seminar, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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

Laboratory course (LAB1; 1,5 hp)
Written exam. (TEN1; 6 hp)

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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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

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IK2211

Offered by

ICT/Communications Systems

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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