Augmenting Wireless Security Using Zero-Forcing Beamforming

dc.contributor.advisorKnightly, Edward W.
dc.creatorAnand, Narendra
dc.description.abstractWe present the design and experimental evaluation of Simultaneous TRansmissions with Orthogonally Blinded Eavesdroppers (STROBE). STROBE is a cross-layer approach that exploits the multi-stream capabilities of existing technologies such as 802.11n and the upcoming 802.11ac standard where multi-antenna APs construct simultaneous data streams using Zero-Forcing Beamforming (ZFBF). Instead of using this technique for simultaneous data stream generation, STROBE utilizes ZFBF by allowing an AP to use one stream to communicate with an intended user and the remaining streams to orthogonally "blind" (actively interfere) with any potential eavesdropper thereby preventing eavesdroppers from decoding nearby transmissions. Through extensive experimental evaluation, we show that STROBE reliably outperforms Omnidirectional, Single-User Beamforming (SUBF), and directional antenna based transmission methods by keeping the transmitted signal at the intended receiver and shielded from eavesdroppers. In an indoor Wireless LAN environment, STROBE consistently serves an intended user with a signal 15 dB stronger than an eavesdropper.
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dc.identifier.citationAnand, Narendra. "Augmenting Wireless Security Using Zero-Forcing Beamforming." (2011) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. <a href=""></a>.
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dc.subjectElectrical Engineering
dc.subjectComputer engineering
dc.titleAugmenting Wireless Security Using Zero-Forcing Beamforming
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