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An Automated Antenna Measurement System Utilizing Wi-Fi Hardware

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Title: An Automated Antenna Measurement System Utilizing Wi-Fi Hardware
Author(s): Martin, Keith R.
Advisor(s): Erricolo, Danilo
Department / Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Degree: MS, Master of Science
Genre: Masters
Subject(s): antenna pattern pattern measurement IEEE AP-S Student Design Challenge Wi-Fi RSSI 802.11b positioner gain measurement Antenna Patterns on the Cheap Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Received Signal Strength Indicator Antennas and Propagation Society
Abstract: An inexpensive system that measures antenna gain and radiation pattern is proposed. The system uses widely available Wi-Fi routers to generate an RF signal and measure incident power on a test antenna using the Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI) provided by Wi-Fi hardware. An easy to construct two-axis positioner is developed, allowing both principal planes of the antenna to be measured. A custom LabVIEW interface is also developed, allowing fully automated measurements. The gain and radiation patterns of several antennas are measured in both principal planes, and the performance of the system is compared to simulation and analytical results.
Issue Date: 2012-12-07
Genre: thesis
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Keith R. Martin
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-12-07
Date Deposited: 2011-12

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