Testbeds and Research Infrastructures. Development of Networks and Communities. 6th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2010, Berlin, Germany, May 18-20, 2010, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

ASSERT: A Wireless Networking Testbed

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_17,
        author={Ehsan Nourbakhsh and Jeff Dix and Paul Johnson and Ryan Burchfield and S. Venkatesan and Neeraj Mittal and Ravi Prakash},
        title={ASSERT: A Wireless Networking Testbed},
        proceedings={Testbeds and Research Infrastructures. Development of Networks and Communities. 6th International ICST Conference, TridentCom 2010, Berlin, Germany, May 18-20, 2010, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={TRIDENTCOM},
        year={2012},
        month={10},
        keywords={Wireless Sensor Testbeds Repeatability},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_17}
    }
    
  • Ehsan Nourbakhsh
    Jeff Dix
    Paul Johnson
    Ryan Burchfield
    S. Venkatesan
    Neeraj Mittal
    Ravi Prakash
    Year: 2012
    ASSERT: A Wireless Networking Testbed
    TRIDENTCOM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_17
Ehsan Nourbakhsh1,*, Jeff Dix1,*, Paul Johnson1,*, Ryan Burchfield1,*, S. Venkatesan1,*, Neeraj Mittal1,*, Ravi Prakash1,*
  • 1: The University of Texas
*Contact email: ehsaan@utdallas.edu, jxd028100@utdallas.edu, paj041000@utdallas.edu, ryanb@utdallas.edu, venky@utdallas.edu, neerajm@utdallas.edu, ravip@utdallas.edu

Abstract

As wireless networks become a critical part of home, business and industrial infrastructure, researchers will meet these demands by providing new networking technologies. However, these technologies must be tested before they can be released for mainstream use. We identify the key design considerations for a wireless networking testbed as ) accuracy ) controllability ) mobility ) repeatability ) cost effectiveness ) data collection ) resource sharing ) multi-nodal capability ) scalability. In this paper we portray how we have used coaxial cables and our custom hardware of RF switches and programmable attenuators to create Advanced wireleSS Environment Research Testbed (assert), addressing the above requirements. assert supports various types of wireless devices, providing researchers in academia and industry with the necessary experimentation tools to validate their designed protocols and devices.