Guidelines for the Accurate Design of Empirical Studies in Wireless Networks
Traditionally, wireless protocol proposals have been often tested and validated using only analytical and simulation models. However, as the wireless environment is very complex to model accurately, and since the cost of wireless cards has decreased in an exponential way, today more and more research papers include evaluation of new proposals using experimentation on real devices. Indeed, experimentation is a mandatory step before possible deployment of new network protocols with real users. However, wireless experimentation is much more complex to set up and run than simulation, and it is important to avoid many pitfalls that can occur during experimentation.