University of Arkansas, Fayetteville


Wireless communication has already begun to change the way business and research is done today. Development of the wireless network for digital cellular phone has already improved the area of voice communications. The area of portable and mobile connectivity for computers and other devices is beginning to emerge. The research analyzes and compares a few of these wireless networks. Physical aspects such as range, interference factors, and frequency capabilities and restrictions are assessed. Capacity analysis including round trip times, latency, and throughput are done as well. Issues of authentication and addressing protocols are researched to determine optimal performance and convenience depending on the desired functions of a given wireless network. The research is done on three existing wireless networks on campus, each having unique configurations and physical attributes.