Date Added: Apr 2009
During the last decade, the success and popularity of wireless standards such as IEEE 802.11 have drawn the attention of the research community to wireless networks. A great amount of effort has been invested into research in this area, most of which relies heavily on simulation and analysis techniques. However, simulations do not precisely control hardware interrupts, packet timing and real physical and MAC layer behaviors. As a result, simulation results need to be validated by real implementations, which is evident by the change in focus of research activities increasingly moving towards real implementations, including the deployment of test-beds as a main tool to analyze network protocol functionality.