Abstract

This work describes a concept of a hierarchical radio-over-fiber (RoF) network architecture that provides both intra- and inter- network connectivity for end user wireline and wireless terminals with high-bandwidth, in-building access applications. An intelligent gateway router (IGR) is proposed as a unified platform to accommodate multi-gigabit, millimeter-wave services at 60-GHz band as well as being backward compatible with all current wireless access technologies such as WiFi and WiMAX. In addition, we further present an advanced multi-band optical carrier generation technique that can simultaneously deliver independent 60-GHz mm-wave, 2.4-GHz WiFi, and 5.8-GHz WiMAX signals efficiently carried over the same wavelength, and is suitable for the proposed IGR. Finally, we report, for the first time to our knowledge, a campus-wide field trial demonstration of RoF system transmitting uncompressed 270-Mbps standard definition (SD) and 1.485-Gbps high definition (HD) real-time video contents carried by 2.4-GHz radio and 60-GHz millimeter wave signals, respectively, between two on-campus research buildings distanced over 2.5-km standard single mode fiber (SMF-28) through the Georgia Institute of Technology's (GT) fiber network.

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