COE-541 Local and Metropolitan Area Networks - Design and Analysis

More resources for the project - Mainly from the OpNet 2003 conference - see below.

Oct 31st - Midterm date - during class time

Oct26th - first deliverable for project

Please note the IEEE802.11 standard in the Project section - a needed reference for your project.

The project deadlines and deliverables are outlined below.

Course Syllabus:

Click here for course syllabus.


Lecture Notes:

The main reference for the course is the textbook and the handouts distributed in class. These notes are merely as summary:

    Reference on generation of random variables:

            Check the following Queueing Java applet at:




Quizzes and Major Exams:


Check Your Status:


Course Project:

You are required to reproduce the simulation results presented in the following paper:

Changle Li; Jiandong Li; Xuelian Cai;"Performance Analysis of IEEE 802.11 WLAN to Support Voice Services, "Advanced Information Networking and Applications, 2004. AINA 2004. 18th International Conference on , Volume: 2 , 2004.

and possibly extend the study by considering other types of traffic and/or enhancements to the access mechanism. An introductory study into PCF characterization can be found in:

Xiyan Ma; Yi Wu; Zhisheng Niu; Saito, T.; "Performance analysis of the packetized voice transmission with PCF in an IEEE 802.11 infrastructure wireless LAN," 9th Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications, 2003. APCC 2003. Volume: 2 , 21-24 Sept. 2003, Pages:571 - 575 Vol.2


IEEE802.11 standard (size ~ 6 MB)- Please pay special attention to chapter 9 - MAC sublayer functional description. This contains specification for both DCF and PCF functions.

Presentation by Al-Mutairi and Mesmar - from previous COE 541 classes.

Papers using opnet WLAN models:

- Jiaqing Song and Ljiljana Trajkovic, "Enhancements and Performance Evaluation of Wireless Local Area Networks,"

 - Rusty O. Baldwin, Nathaniel J. Davis IV, Scott F. Midkiff, "Implementation of an IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN Model using OPNET™,"

- WLAN opnet model guide

- Presentations and papers from opnetwork 2003: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Project Deadlines and Milestones


Matlab Tutorial Material:

Basic information:

More detailed material at:

The MathWorks website - The makers of Matlab