Wifi vs Wimax


Dr Walter Green
Introduction
Brief outline of Spread Spectrum and OFDMA
  Technologies
 
Wifi Implementation and Issues
 
Wimax Implementa...
SPREAD SPECTRUM
Each Data bit is encoded by replacing it with a “Code Pattern”.

The Sequence of “1”s and “0”s is chosen t...
OFDMA
Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access
 
Data is transmitted on a large number of parallel subcarriers
 
Data...
OFDMA
Even if a number of the Subcarriers are modified or deleted it
  is still possible to decode most of the data bits

...
Future Trends
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project have defined the
  Long Term Evolution [LTE] interface to deliver 300...
WIFI
Uses Forward Error Correction and Encryption to improve
  performance

Synchronisation is a problem, although Qualcom...
WIMAX
OFDMA requires more computing power but is still easier to
  demodulate/decode
 
Much easier to implement MIMO

Typi...
Mine Implementation Issues
High Levels of Signal Reflection
   Good at Short Range - Problem at Longer Range
   Requires g...
WIFI Experiences
Typical Installation Experiences on Iron Ore Mine Sites
6 km Good Quality Signal
300 m Complete Link Fail...
BENEFITS OF OFDMA
Higher Performance
  Higher Data Throughput
  [ 2.5Gbit/s at 20km at a speed of 20km/h]
  Greater opport...
WIMAX OPTIONS
802.16d Fixed or Nomadic remote Terminals
  (less than 4 km/hr)
802.16e Mobile
  (more expensive and more co...
Fixed WIMAX (16d)
Centrally coordinated from one Control Unit
Request – Grant Media Access Control
 
Includes
    Service ...
Delay Spread
Delay Spread is a measure of the received multi-path energy
(Note in Frequency Domain a delay becomes a phase...
WIMAX Mobile (16e)
Although it is still OFDMA,
16e has used more advanced algorithms to deliver

   Enhanced Error Correc...
Remote IP Addressing
Simple IP
– suitable for mine site
– only needs a gateway and controller



Mobile IP
– more complex ...
Data Throughput
A major advantage of WIMAX is the ability to adapt the data
  transmission parameters to optimise performa...
TX / RX SPLIT

  TX 20%        RX 80%




  TX 80%                 RX 20%
           10 MHz
WIMAX QoS
Unsolicited Grant Services
-        Emulating E1 or Constant Bit Rate Services
 
Real Time Polling
-        Voic...
MIMO Options
Can be used for Distant Terminal (up to 12 km)

(One Airspan Receiver option relies on Multiple Reflections
 ...
Key Factors to include in
Specification
Volume of Constant Bit Rate Data
 
Volume of Real Time Polling
 
Volume of Non-Rea...
Key Factors to include in
Specification
Allow Supplier to choose Bandwidth and recommend
   modulation Parameters
 
Use cl...
MESH NETWORKS
802.11 has a well defined Mesh Standard and proven
  implementations world wide

WIMAX Mesh Standard still u...
Summary


WIFI – 802.11 still useful in some circumstances

 
WIMAX – 802.16 more flexible and higher
  throughput over gr...
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
AIRSPAN

FOR PERMISSION TO USE THEIR
PRODUCT INFORMATION

PROF KAH CHUNG
CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Thank you
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Wifi Vs Wimax By Dr Walter Green

  1. 1. Wifi vs Wimax Dr Walter Green
  2. 2. Introduction Brief outline of Spread Spectrum and OFDMA Technologies   Wifi Implementation and Issues   Wimax Implementation and Issues   Wimax Data Throughput   Summary
  3. 3. SPREAD SPECTRUM Each Data bit is encoded by replacing it with a “Code Pattern”. The Sequence of “1”s and “0”s is chosen to even out the the transmitted spectrum and to identify the sender of the data. Some Spread Spectrum systems have difficulty in decoding the data when two identical signals are received but are separated by a small time delay [ e.g. when a reflected signal is received at the same time].
  4. 4. OFDMA Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access   Data is transmitted on a large number of parallel subcarriers   Data is “Randomised” using simple encryption methods   Forward Error Correction information is added   Data is encoded using Fast Fourier Transforms   Result is used to modulate the carrier.
  5. 5. OFDMA Even if a number of the Subcarriers are modified or deleted it is still possible to decode most of the data bits Part of the signal processing functions in OFDMA are to optimise the use of the spectrum
  6. 6. Future Trends The 3rd Generation Partnership Project have defined the Long Term Evolution [LTE] interface to deliver 300Mbit/s with a delay of less than 5msec.   LTE have selected OFDMA for the base to remote [Down Link] and Single Carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access [SC-FDMA] for the Up Link.
  7. 7. WIFI Uses Forward Error Correction and Encryption to improve performance Synchronisation is a problem, although Qualcomm has patented a reasonable solution Typical Spread Spectrum Implementations are 802.11g MIMO involves significant complexity in design
  8. 8. WIMAX OFDMA requires more computing power but is still easier to demodulate/decode   Much easier to implement MIMO Typical OFDMA Implementations are   802.16d Fixed or Nomadic [ less than 4km/h] 802.16e Mobile
  9. 9. Mine Implementation Issues High Levels of Signal Reflection Good at Short Range - Problem at Longer Range Requires good rejection of delayed signal High Levels of Absorption Reduces strength of signal i.e. increases noise levels and impact of reflected signals Assumptions of Standard RF Path Calculations may not be valid
  10. 10. WIFI Experiences Typical Installation Experiences on Iron Ore Mine Sites 6 km Good Quality Signal 300 m Complete Link Failure [ Line of Sight] Coal Mine - 400 m Complete Link Failure due to wet coal face   Good Solution WIFI Mesh Network with at least 5 nodes not more than 200 m apart eg Emmerson Mesh solution
  11. 11. BENEFITS OF OFDMA Higher Performance Higher Data Throughput [ 2.5Gbit/s at 20km at a speed of 20km/h] Greater opportunities for intercell cancellation techniques Easier to Implement Multiple Input – Multiple Output Computer Power requirements reduced
  12. 12. WIMAX OPTIONS 802.16d Fixed or Nomadic remote Terminals (less than 4 km/hr) 802.16e Mobile (more expensive and more complex)   802.16d is fine for most cases 802.16e is better for complex sites with high levels of reflection (e.g. coal mines)  
  13. 13. Fixed WIMAX (16d) Centrally coordinated from one Control Unit Request – Grant Media Access Control   Includes Service Specific Functions Normal MAC functions e.g. uplink control Privacy Functions such as Authentication and Encryption
  14. 14. Delay Spread Delay Spread is a measure of the received multi-path energy (Note in Frequency Domain a delay becomes a phase shift)   6 Propagation Models have been defined   Rural - 0 – 2 µsec Suburban - 2 – 4 µsec Dense Urban - 4 – 6 µsec   For Mining expect Delay Spreads of up to 8 µsec
  15. 15. WIMAX Mobile (16e) Although it is still OFDMA, 16e has used more advanced algorithms to deliver  Enhanced Error Correction  Enhanced Control  Enhanced MIMO capability  New Security Layer Plus support for mobile functions such as handover and idle
  16. 16. Remote IP Addressing Simple IP – suitable for mine site – only needs a gateway and controller Mobile IP – more complex and expensive – needs servers/proxies/controllers etc
  17. 17. Data Throughput A major advantage of WIMAX is the ability to adapt the data transmission parameters to optimise performance Factors System Bandwidth 7MHz – 20MHz Modulation BPSK – QAM (16 – 64) Error Correction 1/2 to 7/8 Packet Size 64 bytes – 1,518 bytes (10MHz system bandwidth) 4Mb/s – 17Mb/s
  18. 18. TX / RX SPLIT TX 20% RX 80% TX 80% RX 20% 10 MHz
  19. 19. WIMAX QoS Unsolicited Grant Services -        Emulating E1 or Constant Bit Rate Services   Real Time Polling -        Voice, Video Services and PLC polling   Non Real Time -        Burst Traffic e.g. FTP   Best Effort -        - web/email
  20. 20. MIMO Options Can be used for Distant Terminal (up to 12 km) (One Airspan Receiver option relies on Multiple Reflections for optimum performance) Low Cost MIMO receiver options with external Antennae Available Equipment will support 2 x TX and 2 x RX
  21. 21. Key Factors to include in Specification Volume of Constant Bit Rate Data   Volume of Real Time Polling   Volume of Non-Real Time Polling   The Bandwidth of these three items should not be more than 70% of total Data Throughput   i.e. allow 30% for web/email/retries/ etc
  22. 22. Key Factors to include in Specification Allow Supplier to choose Bandwidth and recommend modulation Parameters   Use clearly stated Capex + Opex in evaluation of offers to minimise the selection of excessive bandwidths and modulation options
  23. 23. MESH NETWORKS 802.11 has a well defined Mesh Standard and proven implementations world wide WIMAX Mesh Standard still under development and may be delayed due to the Global Financial crisis [Current Research Project at Curtin University]
  24. 24. Summary WIFI – 802.11 still useful in some circumstances   WIMAX – 802.16 more flexible and higher throughput over greater distances
  25. 25. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AIRSPAN FOR PERMISSION TO USE THEIR PRODUCT INFORMATION PROF KAH CHUNG CURTIN UNIVERSITY
  26. 26. Thank you
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