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

Challenges in Deploying Steerable Wireless Testbeds

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_19,
        author={Eric Anderson and Caleb Phillips and Gary Yee and Douglas Sicker and Dirk Grunwald},
        title={Challenges in Deploying Steerable Wireless Testbeds},
        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={Smart antennas steerable directional phased array antennas outdoor wireless testbed 2.4GHz},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_19}
    }
    
  • Eric Anderson
    Caleb Phillips
    Gary Yee
    Douglas Sicker
    Dirk Grunwald
    Year: 2012
    Challenges in Deploying Steerable Wireless Testbeds
    TRIDENTCOM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-17851-1_19
Eric Anderson,*, Caleb Phillips1,*, Gary Yee1,*, Douglas Sicker1,*, Dirk Grunwald1,*
  • 1: University of Colorado
*Contact email: andersoe@ece.cmu.edu, caleb.phillips@colorado.edu, gary.yee@colorado.edu, sicker@colorado.edu, grunwald@colorado.edu

Abstract

Phased array antennas enable the use of real-time beam-forming and null-steering to further increase control of signal strength and interference in wireless networks. Understanding the potential of this platform for both mesh and single-hop networks is becoming more important as smart antennas begin to appear in emerging networking standards. Prior attempts to test non-standard antenna platforms have typically focused around simulations, fixed (non-steerable) directional antenna testbeds, and small scale temporary setups utilizing 1 or 2 phased array antenna nodes over the span of a few hundred meters. This paper presents the challenges encountered – and solutions developed – in building WART, a permanent, campus-wide testbed for wireless networking with beam-forming antennas.