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WirelessU Concept Paper

A single 3-page paper with all the important WirelessU concepts.   Mostly just copied from the web pages, for those that want a document rather than a pointer to the web site.

Jim Forster, WirelessU team 5 minutes English 8 Nov 09
Basic antenna theory

This slideshow was presented at AfNOG 2009 in cairo, Egypt.

It is a very brief introduction to antennas for WiFi, touching concepts like directivity and gain. It mentions radiation patterns and other properties of antennas as well. A few examples of typical antennas for WiFi are also given (omni, cantenna, parabolic dish).

Carlo Fonda 20 minutes English 19 Sep 09
Radio Propagation and Link Budget

This slideshow was presented at AfNOG 2009, in Cairo (Egypt).

It is a brief introduction to radiopropagation (behavior of radiowaves, effects of the environment, line of sight, Fresnel zone) and to link budget calculation (link planning, power budget, sensitivity and gain, losses, software tools).

It is provided in both Adobe PDF format and Apple Keynote original source.

Carlo Fonda, Marco Zennaro 45 minutes English 19 Sep 09
Intro to RF and dB math

Slideshow presented at AfNOG 2009 in Cairo, Egypt.

It is a very quick introduction to the physical basis of telecommunications, many concepts are briefly introduced, like i.e.: e.m. waves (amplitude, frequency, ...), RF signals (power, modulation, ...), power measurement, spectrum analysis, dB (math, examples, Alexander Bell).

Carlo Fonda, Marco Zennaro 30 minutes English 19 Sep 09
Network management with Nagios

Wireless networks, just like any other network, need management and monitoring.

Sebastian Buettrich 2 hours with lab English 30 Aug 09
Creating local Debian/Ubuntu repositories with apt-mirror

Short guide on how to create, configure and use local Ubuntu repositories.


This might need more detail and examples.

Please feel free to comment and improve!

sebastian buettrich 1 hour English 25 Aug 09
Introduction to WiFi

This is a basic introduction to using WiFi for wide area networks. Link types (point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, etc.) as well as radio operating modes (master, managed, ad-hoc) are covered.


Given at AfNOG 2009 (Cairo).



Rob Flickenger 1 hour English 24 May 09
Wireless Security and Monitoring

A combined wireless security and network monitoring talk that covers 802.11 security features, encryption basics, and open source security and monitoring tools.


Given at AfNOG 2009 (Cairo).



Rob Flickenger 2 hours English 24 May 09
A long-distance link in Malawi

A case study of the 2008 ICTP / Blantyre Polytechnic / Blantyre College of Medicine joint project to build a long distance WiFi network. The network connects Blantyre to Mangochi, spanning a distance of about 160 km.


Given at AfNOG 2009 (Cairo).



Rob Flickenger, Steve Okay, Carlo Fonda, Ermanno Pietrosemoli, Marco Zennaro, Anthony Muyepa 30 minutes English 24 May 09
Practica de dimensionamiento de sistemas de energia fotovoltaica

Resumen de los factores a considerar para cuantificar el numero de paneles fotovoltaicos y la cantidad de baterias necesarios para satisfacer los requerimientos de alimentacion de una estacion de telecomunicaciones con energia fotovoltaica.

Ermanno Pietrosemoli 1 hour Spanish 27 Jan 09