Electrical & Computer Engineering, Department of


First Advisor

Hamid Sharif-Kashani

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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Telecommunications Engineering, Under the Supervision of Professor Hamid Sharif-Kashani. Lincoln, Nebraska: November 2018.

Copyright (c) 2018 John Aaron Swarner


In setups to enable IoT devices, high power radios are required in each of the devices separately. In order to reduce the power requirements for each individual device, a lower power radio could be used in order to reduce the total power requirements and size for the device and increase battery life or reduce power draws for each device. To enable this, a small change removing the application server requirements would be required. A mesh network could be used to enable communication to the main network, either to a tower that is within the range or through a larger relay device. ProSe D2D standards allow for connectivity from one device to another to eventually reach the serving network.

This research discuss and analyzes ways for those networks to form, detect thresholds, and simulate load on a network in a standard use-case scenario. The simulation shows that the mesh network concept is performs well and can work within existing technologies.

Advisor: Hamid Sharif-Kashani