Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Computer Science

Reader 1

Arthur H. Lee

Rights Information

© 2016 Dhruv Manchala


At the heart of the Internet of Things revolution is wireless networking. This paper examines wireless networking technologies for the Internet of Things from the two most important, yet conflicting, perspectives – energy efficiency and interoperability with the “traditional” Internet stack – WiFi/TCP/IP. We begin by establishing the need for both energy-efficient and Internet-compatible wireless technologies for the Internet of Things. We then analyze sources of energy consumption at the various layers of wireless networking technologies, and examine alternative energy-efficient protocols and the most popular IoT wireless technologies, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and IEEE 802.15.4.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.