Back to archive ...

A Report on the Weekend “Wi-Fi with FOSS” certification course ...

Dated: Mon 2nd April 2007 Posted by: Mohamed Imran K R

Dr S Srikanth

A Report on the Weekend “Wi-Fi with FOSS” certification course

The AU-KBC Research Centre (www.au-kbc.org) has been organizing Wi-Fi courses for students and specialized corporate audience in the last few years. Recently, Wi-Fi combined with appropriate open source tools has become popular in the academic and professional community. The communications group at AU-KBC (http://comm.au-kbc.org) and the NRCFOSS program (http://www.nrcfoss.org.in) have joined hands to conduct a practically intensive training program combining Wi-Fi and open source tools. The first edition of the course was held to a full house during the New Year vacation period (http://comm.au-kbc.org/comm_fosscourse_Report.htm). Based on interest and to enable participation from working professionals, an 8 day course spread out over 4 weekends was organized during March 3rd – 25th, 2007 at the AU-KBC Research Centre.

 

The objective of the weekend Wi-Fi course is to enlighten the participants on various aspects of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), popularly known as Wi-Fi. The topics covered include the Physical layer, MAC layer concepts along with Security issues in WLANs. The lectures on almost all the concepts are supplemented with Lab demonstrations providing hands-on experience with use of Open source tools in WiFi. The hardware / software resources used for the course include Atheros Access Points, PCMCIA Client cards, MADWiFi driver, Ethereal Sniffer, Iperf / Jperf and Linux OS.

A Report on the Weekend “Wi-Fi with FOSS” certification course

The training programme was conducted during March 3-25, 2007 on weekends. 22 participants include students and faculty from IIT Madras, Anna University (CEG and MIT), St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, S.A. Engg College, Sri Venkateswara College of Engg, St. Peter’s Engg College, Prathyusha Engg. College, P.R Engg. College, M.I.ET Trichy, and Sri Lakshmi Ammal Engg. College. There were also industry participants from Wipro Technologies Ltd, Atheros Communications, Chennai Customs, Tech Mahindra Ltd. and Elegant Systems.

Dr. S. Srikanth, Prof. M. Sethuraman, Mr. Jackson Juliet Roy, Mr. K. Bhaskar, Mr. Sathish and Mr. Md. Imran of AU-KBC Research Centre were the resource persons from AU-KBC Research Centre. Industry perspective on Open Source and Wi-Fi drivers were presented by Mr. R. Vasudevan, Atheros Communications. The lectures and lab sessions were highly interactive with usual spirited participation from the audience.

Certificates along with CDs (containing all presentations, reference materials and Tools) were distributed at the end the course to all the participants.

 

 

 

Back to archive ...