Author(s) Information

Brett D. GliddenFollow

College

College of Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

12-2018

Advisor

John A. Saghri

Abstract/Summary

Many commercial businesses operate out of multi-story office buildings. These companies often use many Wi-Fi access points to set up their own wireless network. IT personnel determine proper Wi-Fi access point placement using Wi-Fi strength maps. Conventional Wi-Fi strength maps only provide a two-dimensional view representing the wireless access point's effective range. The signal quality and strength measurements do not include changing vertical elevation. Efficient network layout in a multi-story building requires a system calculating signal quality metrics in three dimensions.

This project involves designing and prototyping a system to achieve 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal quality measurements in a three-dimensional reference plane. The instrument continuously monitors its location and the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network’s received signal strength. The user generates a 3D model of the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network coverage using the collected signal metrics.

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