Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2017.


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Ramesh Abhari


Anthrolink is a next generation communication system that has the potential to connect the next 3 billion individuals to the Internet. It uses phased patch antenna arrays and a simple phasing and weighting algorithm for beam switching at 5.8 GHz. End-to end system validates key components of a potential 5G network that supports IoT topologies of the future.

Using a sequence of an RF oscillator, beam-forming Butler matrix, an RF switch, and custom beam-switching algorithms, a proof-of-concept communication system is produced. This is verified by four independent and separate receiver endpoints that detect RF signals by way of DC output. An energy efficient and resilient communication system is created that is a candidate for IoT applications especially in machine-to-machine links.