A Site-Specific Indoor Link Model for Realistic Wireless Network Simulations
Compared to testbeds, the efficiency and accuracy of wireless networking simulations are constantly questioned by the network community. It is widely accepted today that the current network simulators are not able to fully represent the real wireless characteristics, especially at the PHYsical (PHY) layer. This affects the trustability of simulation-based performance evaluations. On the other hand, testbed experiments require taking a tedious and time-consuming implementation path. This path could be significantly reduced by using realistic network simulators as a first step to test novel algorithms or protocols. Therefore, the authors took on the challenge of representing the link characteristics of the indoor testbed of the Berlin Open Wireless Lab (BOWL) project in the ns-3 simulator.