[USRP-users] WiMAX scanner

Mike McLernon Mike.McLernon at mathworks.com
Wed Oct 22 15:25:58 EDT 2014

Hi Sebastian,

What do you want to use to get the data into MATLAB?  GNU Radio, GNU Radio Companion, MATLAB, Simulink?


-----Original Message-----
From: USRP-users [mailto:usrp-users-bounces at lists.ettus.com] On Behalf Of Sebastian Komorowski via USRP-users
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:54 AM
To: usrp-users at lists.ettus.com
Subject: [USRP-users] WiMAX scanner


I am interested in WiMAX technology (802.16e). In my research I am dealing with algorithms for admission control in Matlab. Typically these algorithms are located “within base station” – although they are not standardized by any organization. In simulations it is simple to “deploy them” as they are located inside BTS source code.

As regards verification and validation of such algorithms I am currently using well known simulator which is ns2 – i.e. well known to the research community. It is clear however that “simulations vs reality” is not always very close…. That is why I am interested in collecting data from real network in a vendor agnostic way (in general from any network i.e.
build upon BTSes delivered by any vendor) – it means that I would like to “observe” traffic intensity/duration/etc directly from the radio. I am using PureWave 6600 at university premises.

The input data for the algorithms I am interested in is the wireless connection characteristics e.g.: connection requests, time of connection, type of traffic, connection close, etc.

Unfortunately to my knowledge there is no one-fits-all (or virtually any) solution to communicate with inside components of a BTS in an automated manner (i.e. from within a software program that is learning for best policy etc).

That is why I have started to think about using USRP (or its brother from NI / or any other SDR) to play a role of passive probe for WiMAX wireless signalling. I have seen that there is a “wimax scanner” project but it seems unfinished (or would it actually be operational in the area I mention?). Please let me know:

1.       Is it possible to use “wimax scanner” with USRP right away
(i.e. without much effort spent on programming)?

2.       Is wimax scanner full featured solution? (i.e. what can I do with

3.       What statistics I could capture with it?

4.       What limitations does it has?

5.       Are there any plans for continuing its development?

6.       Do you know if there is already happening an approach to develop
complete WiMAX stack as there is for GSM – OpenBTS…?


Thank you for the assessment of my question or any hints.




USRP-users mailing list
USRP-users at lists.ettus.com

More information about the USRP-users mailing list