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.