Mobile and Wireless Networking

Mobile and Wireless Networking

Penalty for Late Submission

There are 3 distinct processes in place to deal with differing student circumstances:
1)    Assessed Extended Deadline (AED): Students with disabilities or long term health issues are entitled to a Support Plan.
2)    Exceptional Extenuating Circumstances (EEC): The EEC policy applies to situations where serious, unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from completing the assignment on time or to the normal standard.
3)    Late Submission: Requests for late submission will be made to the relevant Subject Manager in the School (or Head of Joint Honours for joint honours students) who can authorise an extension of up to a maximum of one week.

Level of Collaboration:

Learning Outcomes covered in this Assignment:

1.    To evaluate the wireless networking requirements for an organisation by providing an appropriate solution to a given case study

Criteria for Assessment:

For specific requirements and marking scheme see below

Coursework Assignment for MSc Module of
Mobile and Wireless Networking (7CS090)

Assignment: The design, costing and implementation of WLAN based system. A detailed deployment timetable is also required.

Due Date:  On Thursday 16th April 2015

Assignment:     Wireless LAN Design


Students will be supplied with a complex floor plan and a list of business requirements, students will be required to design a solution, specifying the required equipment and provide a detail deployment timetable.

You may use information from any network equipment supplier; however, there should be more information about the products used in the proposed system description (e.g. printouts from Internet describing parts).

You must admit any work conducted by other authors but referenced by you in your work. Or else, you may run risk of being charged as plagiarism which, once confirmed, will bring your coursework a mark of Nil.

Word limit of 3000 words.

NOTE: Submission is required in the format specified in section 8, failure to use the specified format WILL LOSE YOU MARKS.


On the 17th March 2015 you will present your design to the class, this will be in PowerPoint format. The presentation will be of the following:-

1.    Logical diagram of the proposed system
2.    Physical layout of the proposed system
3.    Radiation patterns of the proposed system
4.    An outline of you proposed report (only the section headings are required)

Come prepared to justify of your design.

Sunshine Marina Ltd



1.1. Background to this Operational Requirement

Sunshine Marina Ltd (SML) is an established company who are in the process of updating their facilities and require to provide basic Wi-Fi connectivity for their customers. There is no current wireless system and no direct interference for existing systems.

The WLAN components and infrastructure should adhere to national and international (wireless communications) standards.

The purpose of this exercise is to select a supplier from whom the WLAN products and services may be purchased.

1.2. Objectives for this procurement

At a broad level, the purpose of this exercise is to provide flexible wireless connectivity throughout the SML.

The WLAN should be upgradeable to cater for more users, wider geographical coverage, higher traffic loads and developing technology. The WLAN should also be resilient, secure and cost effective. Appropriate management and support facilities will also be required.

1.3. Purpose of this document

The responses to this document will be used to determine a shortlist of suppliers who can meet the stated requirements. The suppliers may then proceed with discussions, and if appropriate formal tenders will then be invited.

The responses to this document will be assessed against the viability of the technical design, and also the professionalism of the supplier’s ability to fulfil the tasks of installation, training, project management and post installation support. Responses must be presented in the format outlined later in this document.


2.1. Scope

SML intends procuring a complete WLAN infrastructure service including:

•    Installation of access points including cabling and equipment correctly configured to support them. This excludes components considered part of end user systems for example WLAN cards and PCs but including components such as servers and equipment for managing and protecting the network-infrastructure such as Firewalls, Proxy-Systems, Routers, Gateways and Network-Management-HW.
•    A network management system
•    Training and documentation
•    Post installation support and maintenance
SML reserves the right to insist on alternative components, if they are considered to be functionally equivalent, better, or more cost effective.

2.2 Security

SML requires the whole network to have a high level of security for both the wireless and cabled elements.

3. Sunshine Marina Ltd
3.1. Background
A scale plan of SML’s marina is shown in appendix A. The plan shows an office building of single story reinforced concrete construction. The building has been designed such that in the future a second story can be added.

3.2. Requirements
1.    All customers must be able to connect to the network from anywhere within the marina or office building with at least 2 Mbps throughput rate. System must support all types of customers WiFi devices.

2.    All computers should be networked so that internal and external Email can be supported.

3.    Internet Access must be provided to ALL staff.

4.    A fileserver should be provided, within the office building.

5.    Internet connection is provided within the office building.

6.    There are currently 4 desktop computers situated within the building that will need to be networked.

7.    A comprehensive network management solution needs to be sourced.

8.    Note the environment is salt water based so appropriate equipment needs to be sourced.

9.    Customers will provide their own devices so the system needs to be able to connect with both old and new devices.


4.1. Standards Compliance
The network must comply with all current installation and wireless standards.

4.2. Media and equipment installation

All surface mounted media MUST be housed in suitable trunking.

Suppliers MUST give assurances that the media they intend to use will meet, when installed and connected to working equipment, the current and anticipated national and European standards for safety, fire resistance and electro-magnetic interference.

Media and other hardware installation MUST also make proper allowance for the environment in which it is installed, particularly as regards:

•    temperature;
•    humidity;
•    received levels of electro-magnetic radiation;
•    possible variations in electrical Earth potential at different points around the site.

The selected supplier will be given the opportunity to survey the environment in which the equipment is to be installed.

The supplier is REQUIRED to state what installation standards or code of practice(s) will be adopted.


5.1. Serviceability

This presumes a 24 hour per day, 7 day per week service.

Time between fault incidents of greater than 8000 hours.

5.2. Fault Repair Procedures


Suppliers are REQUIRED to state what level of warranty is included in the price of the equipment?  Please specify:

a)    The length of warranty on each component of the proposed network;
b)    The terms of the warranty including any violations which may be invoked should SML add, modify or replace parts of the network;
c)    Any additional costs which SML may incur in obtaining warranty support.  For example:  if the warranty covers only parts and labour.
d)    Callout and Fault Removal

A callout service appropriate to the serviceability requirements of section 5.1, MUST be provided for the remedying of software faults and hardware faults, either by repair or replacement.

Fault Escalation Procedure

A fault escalation procedure involving senior management and senior technical staff MUST be available if faults are not rectified within agreed timescales. The supplier is to suggest values for these timescales for mutual agreement with SML.


6.1. Introduction

Installation covers the period from the selection of a supplier to the formal handover of the WLAN and LAN infrastructure to SML.  This includes supply and physical installation of access points, cables, hardware and software.  The selection and training of user staff will not be the responsibility of the supplier.

6.2. Project management

An installation plan must be provided which includes the length of time required for each part of the installation.

Regular meetings must be held between a named manager from the supplier and SML staff during the installation phase to discuss progress and problems.

6.3. Project plan

This section introduces the Project Plan.  Initial start date and responsibilities allocated between SML and the supplier.

Allocation of Responsibilities

The supplier must take responsibility for satisfactory provision of:

a)    network design;
b)    supply of hardware and software;
c)    physical installation of hardware and software;
d)    technical documentation;
e)    technical staff training.

The following subsections describe the overall management responsibilities that need to be agreed where relevant.

SML will provide an office for the supplier to use during the installation phase and reasonable access to other personnel for the clarification and resolution of queries that may arise.

The supplier is asked to state what office accommodation and other services will be required for this phase.

Project Management

A detailed project plan produced in Microsoft Project is required. This must show a breakdown of the major tasks expected during the project. Actual installation will begin week beginning the 13th May 2014.

6.4. Acceptance

The formal acceptance of equipment and manufacturer supplied software for the SML will follow commissioning trials.

End to end testing of the network MUST be provided, including over the longest end to end route identifiable.


7.1. Suppliers responses to this OR

Confirmation of Intention to Respond

Suppliers should confirm their interest in responding to the OR in writing to:

Clarification of the Operational Requirement Content

Suppliers requiring further clarification of any points in the O.R. should contact the SML project manager during normal office hours. Whilst every endeavour has been made to give suppliers an accurate description of the requirements, suppliers should form their own conclusions about the methods and resources needed to meet these requirements.  SML cannot accept responsibility for the supplier’s assessment.

Delivery of Proposal

The proposal should be delivered to the SML Project Manager in electronic form.

The proposal should arrive not later than 11.59pm on the date shown in the procurement schedule.

7.2. Contractual details

All contractual terms will be agreed between the supplier and SML under English law.

Statutory Requirements

The supplier shall be responsible for ensuring for all proposed hardware and software items, now and in the future, that:

•    all equipment shall have been approved by BEAB, BABT, BT and any other relevant approvals body, including any arising European standards (especially equating to the US FCC requirements);
•    all equipment and software shall be available in the UK for installation at SML in the offered timescales.  It will be the suppliers’ responsibility (at his expense) to ensure that any customs clearance occurs within the installation timescales;
•    any instructions given by the supplier to SML for work which SML or a third party must carry out in connection with the contract shall be a complete and accurate specification of the work required suitable for direct issue to SML personnel or the contractor who would carry out that work;
•    adherence to all statutory requirements, such as for Health and Safety at work, shall be the suppliers’ responsibility;
•    details of any subcontractors to be involved and the items to be supplied are provided.


All documentation is to be supplied in English.


Suppliers are asked to format their response to this OR as follows:

8.1. Management Summary

Summarise the proposal, highlighting the most important benefits and features.

Summarise your approach to the provision of a WLAN infrastructure.

Summarise your approach to the provision of a LAN support infrastructure for the WLAN.

Summarise the total cost of the proposal.

8.2. Description of System Proposed

Whilst it is for suppliers to ensure that their proposed system is comprehensively described, the following information at least is required.

What network configuration and equipment are being proposed for the WLAN and supporting LAN infrastructure?  Suppliers should give details of their proposed network design including:

a)    connection diagram showing the logical relationship between all systems;
b)    a diagram showing the physical location of systems and the media paths; (this will be approximate pending a site survey);
c)    communications protocols used in each system;
d)    hardware or software present for the purposes of network management;
e)    additional equipment required to install or support the network must be listed;
f)    any additional items and work which SML must provide, e.g. software updates, building work, special tools.
g)    detailed security policies for the WLAN

Literature describing the functionality, physical attributes and environmental requirements of all products involved in the design should be included and clearly referenced.

8.3.    The Project Plan

The supplier should include a project implementation plan, in MS project format. The plan should take into account any dependencies and constraints placed on him by the Company and also show any additional activities required to achieve the major contractual dates.

8.4. Implementation

Provide an overview of your approach to implementation of a project such as this, including consideration of potential problems which may arise.

8.5. Standards

The supplier should provide a statement that, where relevant, the standards referred to apply to the products and/or services proposed to meet the requirements of this Operational Requirement.

8.6. Total Costs

Costs at current sterling prices excluding VAT should be quoted for the proposed WLAN and supporting LAN infrastructure.

All costs for the implementation, operation and maintenance of the proposed system with the exception of FTL’s own staff should be included in this section.  Costs which appear elsewhere in the proposal but are not included in this section will be presumed to have been waived.

Capital costs:

•    Data communications equipment by unit and total costs.
•    System software (including management) by unit and total costs.
•    Cabling by unit, component (eg backbone, spurs), and total costs.
•    Project management.
•    Other support personnel.

Other non-recurring costs:

•    Delivery, installation, and acceptance trail charges, including details of additional charges for phased deliveries.
•    Documentation.
•    Training.
•    Initial stock of consumables, including recommended spares.
•    Any other non-recurring costs.

Recurring annual costs:

•    Data communications equipment maintenance by unit and total costs.
•    System software maintenance by unit and total costs.
•    Support personnel charges.
•    Consumables, including recommended spares.
•    Training.

Other costs:

State any other costs, e.g. the cost of any hardware or software warranties not included in the above tables, cross referenced to appropriate paragraphs in the Operational Requirements.

8.7. Design Review

Provide a detailed critical review of the final design. Identify strengths, weaknesses and any areas of concern with the design