Quiz on IEEE 802.11a specifications

The IEEE 802.11a specifications are used by many to understand a wireless communication link built using OFDM. In this post, I have put together a set of 10 multiple choice questions based on 802.11a specifications. The questions are on the building blocks in 802.11a specifications, preamble structure and so on. Upon completion of the quiz, you will be lead to a page showing the correct answers and their explanations.

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10 thoughts on “Quiz on IEEE 802.11a specifications

  1. Krishna,
    In OFDM, why is the CRC8 or CRC16 or CRC32 is passed through an inverter ? I mean, after the CRC is calculated, before appending it to data the CRC’s one’s complement is calculated. Why not the CRC used as is ??


    1. @mohan: That was a nice question. I did some quick googling and found the following link
      Quoting from wiki entry:
      “Appending 0 bits to a message is equivalent to multiplying its polynomial by x, and if it was previously a multiple of the CRC polynomial, the result of that multiplication will be, as well. A similar solution can be applied at the end of the message, inverting the CRC register before it is appended to the message. Again, any non-zero change will do; inverting all the bits is simply the most common.”

      I have not done the math to verify it myself. Will do that in another post.

  2. Regarding frequency offset tolerance, does it mean for 802.11g, this figure needs to be only around 100 KHz ~(2.4*40)? Or does the tolerance become +/- 40ppm in that case?

  3. Regarding the question on symbol duration, the checkbox answer shows it as 3.2 us, where as in the explanation it is mentioned as 4 us including the GI. I think the check box should also show 4 us as the correct option to avoid confusion.

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