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Practical Lower Layer 60 GHz Measurements Using Commercial Off-The-Shelf Hardware

Loch, Adrian and Bielsa, Guillermo and Widmer, Joerg (2016) Practical Lower Layer 60 GHz Measurements Using Commercial Off-The-Shelf Hardware. In: The 10th ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & Characterization (ACM WiNTECH 2016), The 22nd Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (ACM MobiCom 2016), 3-7 October 2016, New York City, NY, USA.

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Experimenting platforms for wireless 60 GHz networking measurements are limited and extremely costly. The requirements for such a platform in terms of bandwidth and antenna capabilities are very high. For instance, the 802.11 ad protocol uses channels with a bandwidth of 2.16 GHz and requires electronically steerable phased antenna arrays. Devices implementing this protocol are available as consumer-grade off-the-shelf hardware but are typically a black box which barely allows any insights for research purposes. In this paper, we show the hidden monitoring capabilities of such a consumer-grade 60 GHz device, and explain how to access lower layer parameters such as modulation and coding schemes, antenna steering, and packet decoding. Moreover, we present an extensive set of experiments showing the behavior of these parameters by means of the aforementioned monitoring capabilities

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Papers (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: 802.11ad; WiGig; 60 GHz networks; practical performance; lower layer measurement analysis.
Depositing User: Guillermo Bielsa
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 13:31
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 09:22

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