Workload Education level Study areas Responsible person Hours per week Coordinating university
1,5 ECTS M2 - Master's programme 2. year Computer Science René Mayrhofer 1 hpw Johannes Kepler University Linz
Detailed information
Original study plan Master's programme Computer Science 2021W
Objectives Students aquire

  • a general understanding in wireless networks (WLANs)
  • a special knowledge about WLAN infrastructure and WLAN security
  • a detailed insight into the most important WLAN standard IEEE 802.11
  • practial skills in laboratory
  • WLAN physical layer (differences to wired networks, electro-magnetic-radiation, frequency bands and channels, line-of-sight and none-line-of-sight communication, modulation, spreading, line codes, hidden/exposed terminal problem)
  • IEEE 802.11 functionality (standard and amendments (a/b/g/n), CSMA/CA, RTS/CTS, frame format and frame types, management functionalities, Ethernet/WLAN bridging)
  • IEEE 802.11 security (WEP, WPA, WPA2, IEEE 802.1X, EAP)
  • Practical part with lectures focused on IEEE 802.11 security in the network lab
Criteria for evaluation Written exam (45 minutes) + active student participation (especially during the practical part in the network lab)
Methods Lecture as well as practical part in the University network lab.
Language English
Study material
  • 802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide; Matthew S. Gast; 2nd edition, May 2005; ISBN-10: 0596100523
  • Mobile Wireless Security: Know it All; Chandra et al.; November 2008; ISBN-10: 1856175294
  • Wireless Communications and Networks; William Stallings; October 2001; ISBN-10: 0130408646
  • Smart Phone and Next-Generation Mobile Computing; Pei Zheng Lionel M. Ni; January 2006; ISBN-10: 0120885603
Changing subject? No
Further information
On-site course
Maximum number of participants -
Assignment procedure Direct assignment