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RF in the Jungle: Effect of Environment Assumptions on Wireless Experiment Repeatability

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RF in the Jungle: Effect of Environment Assumptions on Wireless Experiment Repeatability
Abstract—Most researchers conduct wireless networking experiments in their laboratory or similar indoor environments. Such environments are veritable RF jungles, especially when we consider the ISM bands. In this paper we examine and test several common explicit and implicit assumptions that researchers tend to make about the wireless environment. Although these assumptions are acknowledged by most researchers, the extent of their impact is often underestimated. We find that because the environment is always in flux, it is almost impossible to reproduce the results of an experiment. Hence, there is a high risk of misinterpreting the data obtained from such experiments. Through this paper we try to caution experimenters against such risky assumptions when they venture into the RF jungle. After a successful proof-of-concept experiment, we advocate the use of wireless networking testbeds that provide experimenters better control over the RF environment by using coaxial cables, program...
T. Ryan Burchfield, Ehsan Nourbakhsh, Jeff Dix, Ku
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICC
Authors T. Ryan Burchfield, Ehsan Nourbakhsh, Jeff Dix, Kunal Sahu, S. Venkatesan, Ravi Prakash
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