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FloorNet: Deployment and Evaluation of a Multihop Wireless 802.11 Testbed

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20102010:153102

  • Received: 30 June 2009
  • Accepted: 24 November 2009
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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.


  • Wireless Network
  • Valuable Insight
  • Design Criterion
  • Performance Limit
  • Mesh Network

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Authors’ Affiliations

Departamento de Ingeniería Telemática, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Avenida Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés, Spain
IMDEA Networks, Avenida del Mar Mediterráneo 22, 28918 Leganés, Spain
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 151 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA 01003, USA


© Pablo Serrano et al. 2010

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