Lessons Learned Constructing a Wireless Ad Hoc Network Test Bed

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Executive Summary

This paper describes lessons learned constructing a wireless mobile ad hoc network test bed at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The test bed described in this paper is designed to facilitate experiments based on wireless ad hoc networks including radios mounted at fixed sites, on ground vehicles, and in small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Laptop computers, PDAs, and special-purpose ad hoc radios running the Dynamic Source Routing (DSR) protocol over IEEE 802.11b serve as nodes in this test bed. The paper discusses various components of the test bed and also makes a note of issues faced during experimentation and lessons learned in this process.

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