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FloorNet: Deployment and Evaluation of a Multihop Wireless 802.11 Testbed

Serrano, Pablo and Bernardos, Carlos Jesús and De la Oliva, Antonio and Banchs, Albert and Soto, Ignacio and Zink, Michael (2010) FloorNet: Deployment and Evaluation of a Multihop Wireless 802.11 Testbed. [Journal Articles]

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Abstract

A lot of attention has been given to multihop wireless networks lately, but further research –in particular, through experimentation– is needed. This attention has motivated an increase in the number of 802.11-based deployments, both indoor and outdoor. These testbeds, which require a significant amount of resources during both deployment and maintenance, are used to run measurements in order to analyze and understand the limitation and differences between analytical or simulation-based figures and the results from real-life experimentation. This paper makes two major contributions: i) first, we describe a novel wireless multihop testbed, which we name FloorNet, that is deployed and operated under the false floor of a lab in our Computer Science building. This false floor provides a strong physical protection that prevents disconnections or misplacements, as well as radio shielding (to some extent) thanks to the false floor panels –this later feature is assessed through experimentation; ii) second, by running exhaustive and controlled experiments we are able to analyze the performance limits of commercial off-the-shelf hardware, as well as to derive practical design criteria for the deployment and configuration of mesh networks. These results both provide valuable insights of wireless multihop performance and prove that FloorNet constitutes a valuable asset to research on wireless mesh networks.

Item Type: Journal Articles
Additional Information: EISSN: 1687-1499
Uncontrolled Keywords: 802.11, mesh, 802.11a, 802.11g, experiments, testbed, measurements, COTS.
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Acosta Angel
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2015 16:41
URI: http://eprints.networks.imdea.org/id/eprint/155

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