CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

Model for Planning, Designing and Implementing a Wireless Local Area Network in a University Classroom

Date of Award

2005

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Marlyn Kemper Littman

Committee Member

Maxine S. Cohen

Committee Member

John A. Scigliano

Abstract

In this dissertation, a case study approach was used to describe how a wireless local area network (WLAN) was implemented in a classroom of the School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University (CBU). The goal of the research was to increase existing knowledge of this wireless information technology (IT) paradigm in universities. The goal was achieved by documenting the implementation of a prototype IEEE 802.11 b WLAN, collecting data about system requirements, studying design considerations, and documenting equipment needs. In this dissertation report, data collection instruments that elicit user needs, system constraints, and environmental conditions are presented. A high-level system design and detailed steps for implementation are presented. An analysis of WLAN tests and test results are described. Data collected during implementation are organized into three phases of implementation. Phase 1, Enterprise Management (EM), presents data collected about system requirements. Phase 2, Network Engineering (NE), describes the development of network designs. Phase 3, Network Operation (NO), delineates implementation activities for making the network operational, including installation and testing. Additionally, CBU faculty, student, and network support staff were surveyed during the NO phase to determine satisfaction with the network. The results of this assessment were analyzed to determine overall satisfaction of CBU faculty, students, and network support staff with the classroom WLAN implementation.

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