MODULE DETAILS

Module 13: Wireless Mesh Networks

Nominal duration: 2 weeks (24 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 deals with the essentials of wireless mesh networks. This technology is widely used in the mining industry (especially above ground) for applications such as collision avoidance systems (CAS) for vehicles.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basics of mesh networks

2.    Examine and discuss open as well as proprietary mesh implementations



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of mesh networks

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Describe the basics of mesh

1.2

Describe the basic mesh network components

1.3

Discuss mesh deployment modes

1.4

Examine and discuss mesh design considerations

1.5

Discuss the co-existence of mesh with wired and wireless LANs

1.6

Describe mesh routing algorithms



Learning Outcome 2

Examine and discuss open as well as proprietary mesh implementations

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Examine and discuss the routing of IPv6 over mesh (6LoWPAN)

2.2

Compare the salient characteristics of the following standardized mesh implementations:

(a) IEEE802.11s

(b) IEEE802.15.4

(c) ISA 100 Wireless

2.3

Compare the salient characteristics of proprietary mesh implementations by vendors such as Motorola, Cisco, Strix and Proxim

2.4

Discuss the application of mesh networks in Mining



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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