MODULE DETAILS

Module 12: Wireless LANs

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

MODULE PURPOSE

This module focuses in IEEE802.11 wireless Local Area Networks as employed in mining applications, both below and above ground.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basic attributes of WLANs

2.    Examine the salient attributes of the IEEE802.11 WLAN standards and amendments

3.    Discuss WLAN security

4.    Examine and discuss the attributes and application of Industrial WLANs



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basic attributes of WLANs

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Define WLAN terminology

1.2

Examine and discuss the following WLAN concepts:

(a) wireless bridging

(b) wired and wireless Distribution Systems

(c) client roaming (both MAC-and IP-level)

(d) forced roaming

(e) association and authentication



Learning Outcome 2

Examine the salient attributes of the IEEE802.11 WLAN standards and amendments 

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Discuss the IEEE802.11 family of specifications and amendments (’alphabet soup’)

2.2

Describe the (ISM band) 2.4 and 5 GHz channels, frequencies and spacing

2.3

Examine and discuss the salient attributes of the following IEEE802.11 variants:

(a) IEEE802.11a

(b) IEEE802.11b

(c) IEEE802.11g

(d) IEEE802.11n

(e) IEEE802.11ac

2.4

Discuss the co-existence between IEEE802.11 variants



Learning Outcome 3

Discuss WLAN security

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Discuss modes of unauthorized access to WLANs

3.2

Describe the essentials of IEEE802.11i and its relationship to WPA2

3.3

Discuss the pros and cons of the encryption services supplied by WPA2

3.4

Outline the authentication processes supported by WPA2



Learning Outcome 4

Examine and discuss the attributes and application of Industrial WLANs

Assessment Criteria

4.1

Discuss the salient characteristics of Industrial WLAN components, especially those designed specifically for mining applications

4.2

Examine and discuss the implementation of redundant wireless rings

4.3

Discuss the issues related to real-time operation of WLANs

4.4

Set up a wireless VLAN

4.5

Examine and discuss the application of WLANs in the mining industry



Delivery mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

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Hardware

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