RTWiFi-Lab: A real-time Wi-Fi laboratory platform on USRP and LabVIEW for wireless communications education and research


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, vol.26, no.1, pp.111-124, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cae.21865
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.111-124
  • Keywords: LabVIEW, OFDM, real-time systems, USRP, Wi-Fi, wireless communications, SOFTWARE
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


The paper presents the real-time education and research platform as an effective means for describing wireless and digital communications courses with Wi-Fi standards. To this end, a Real-Time Wi-Fi Laboratory platform, called RTWiFi-Lab is designed and implemented as part of these courses using NI USRP 2921 and LabVIEW. Laboratory experiments of these courses give benefits for utilizing a hardware platform since these experiments greatly facilitate the understanding of significant effects introduced by real-time receivers. Hence, this platform is presented with seven experiments that provide the various concepts of these courses for different state-of-the-art wireless and digital communications techniques such as signal detection, data modulation, frequency, phase offset estimation, etc. The RTWiFi-Lab has been considered to provide computer engineering undergraduate students and qualified graduate students with the basic introduction to wireless and digital communications concepts in a short time at Kocaeli University, Turkey.