UNIK4290 – Mobility in the Internet and ad-hoc networks

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Course content

The main goal of this course is to provide the students with knowledge on the state-of-the-art technologies within the area of mobility in the Internet, especially ad hoc networking. The course is composed of two parts, mobility management at the IP layer and ad-hoc protocols. While the last part is targeted towards nodes in wireless networks without infrastructure, the first part deals with mobility management in networks with infrastructure.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course you will have the following competence:

  • Understanding of the principles on how mobility is dealt with in today’s Internet and mobile networks at four different levels (macro-mobility, micro-mobility, ad-hoc mobility and network mobility)
  • Insight in medium access mechanisms in WLAN and IEEE 802.11-based multi-hop ad-hoc networks
  • Good understanding of 1) routing protocols in ad-hoc networks, especially for reactive and proactive routing protocols, 2) QoS mechanisms in wireless networks and ad hoc networks, 3) the concept and the principle of wireless mesh networks and wireless sensor networks
  • Ability to evaluate system performance through both theoretical analysis and computer simulation
  • Broad knowledge on future wireless networks


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Recommended previous knowledge

Broad knowledge of internet protocols and architecture.
INF3190 – Data communications (continued).


Lectures (3 hours per week); Exercises: simulation and testbed; Classroom interaction.


Written exam 85%. Simulation assignment 15%.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)