WeFiLab : A web-based WiFi laboratory platform for wireless networking education

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Author(s)

  • Lin Cui
  • Fung Po Tso
  • Di Yao
  • Weijia Jia

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Article number6171155
Pages (from-to)291-303
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies
Volume5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Abstract

Remote access to physical laboratories for education has received significant attention from both researchers and educators as it provides access at reduced cost in sharing manner of real devices and gives students practical training. With the rapid growing of wireless technologies, it has become an essential of learning to have the hand-on experience on wireless networking for the proliferated number of students in engineering. Some of current implementations for wireless networking are either using simulations, which lose the reality, or too complicated for undergraduate students to control experiments. In this paper, we present a practical online laboratory platform, Web-based WiFi Laboratory (WeFiLab). WeFiLab mainly focuses on providing students hand-on experience of doing experiments on real devices through webpage anytime anywhere. It uses the structure of two-level operations, which facilities increasing the scale of wireless devices and allows WeFiLab to be extended to more complicated operations. The schedule schemes of WeFiLab let more students share and make efficient use of wireless devices. A prototype of WeFiLab has been implemented and used successfully as complements for an undergraduate course for two years in a university. In total, 315 computer science students attended the evaluation. © 2011 IEEE.

Research Area(s)

  • e-learning, remote laboratories, web-based laboratories, Wireless networking

Citation Format(s)

WeFiLab : A web-based WiFi laboratory platform for wireless networking education. / Cui, Lin; Tso, Fung Po; Yao, Di; Jia, Weijia.

In: IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, Vol. 5, No. 4, 6171155, 2012, p. 291-303.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal