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Master of Science in Cyber Operations


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Benjamin W. Ramsey, PhD.


ZigBee wireless networks have become increasingly prevalent over the past decade. Based on the IEEE 802.15.4 low data rate wireless standard, ZigBee offers low-cost mesh connectivity in hospitals, refineries, building automation, and critical infrastructure. This thesis explores two ZigBee Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI)-based rangefinding tool sets used for assessing wireless network security: Z-Ranger and Zbfind. Z-Ranger is a new tool set developed herein for the Microchip Zena Wireless Adapter that offers configurable distance estimating parameters and a RSSI resolution of 256 values. Zbfind is an application developed for the Atmel RZUSBstick with no configurable distance estimating parameters and a RSSI resolution of 29 values. The two tool sets are evaluated while rangefinding four low-rate wireless devices indoors and two devices outdoors. Mean error is calculated at each of the 35 collection points and a 99% confidence interval and p-Test are used to identify statistically significant deviations between the two tool sets.

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