The w-iLab.t Testbed Testbeds and Research Infrastructures. Development of Networks and Communities
edited by: Thomas Magedanz, Anastasius Gavras, Nguyen H. Thanh, Jeffry S. Chase
In this paper, the W-iLab.t wireless testbed is presented. The testbed consists of nearly 200 sensor nodes and an equal amount of WiFi nodes, which are installed across three floors of an office building. The testbed supports wireless sensor experiments, WiFi based mesh and ad hoc experiments, and mixed sensor/WiFi experiments. It is explained how changes in the environment of the sensor nodes can be emulated and how experiments with heterogeneous wireless nodes are enabled. Additional features of the testbed are listed and lessons learned are presented that will help researchers to construct their own testbed infrastructure or add functionality to an existing testbed. Finally, it is argued that deep analysis of unexpected testbed behavior is key to understanding the dynamics of wireless network deployments.