Intelligent Microwave Oven Controller with IEEE Std 802.11 Wireless Communications

He, Fan, Qing Wang, and Chaomin Luo

One of the IEEE Standards is IEEE 802.11 wireless communication. It has an ever- increasing market of people who wish to establish small network for some wireless applications through their daily life. The 802.11 family includes over-the-air modulation techniques that use the same basic protocol such as the most popular 802.11b and 802.11g, which take advantage of the 2.4 GHz ISM band.

The objective of this project is to develop an intelligent remote controller for an intelligent microwave oven implemented on FPGA of Xilinx Spartan with IEEE 802.11 wireless communication. The intelligent remote controller is employed to remotely control the operation of the intelligent microwave oven designed by the same research group.  Based on the Spartan 3 FPGA board, basic functions and some advanced functions for the intelligent controller have been designed and implemented. The advantage of IEEE Std 802.11 technologies is cable of using wireless local area network to control the target device instead of the short-range communication solution, such as RS-232.  The experimental results demonstrate that long-range wireless control functionality has been successfully implemented. It is expected that this technique using IEEE 802.11 wireless communications will be extensively used for electric appliances in our daily life.