Topology Control and Manipulation in a Large Scale Wireless Network Testbed

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Executive Summary

While analytical models and well-considered network simulations are invaluable for wireless network researchers, they cannot capture the full complexity and dynamics of the error prone wireless medium. The simplified assumptions that are necessarily used in simulations and calculations often cause unwanted side effects, causing protocols to fail or perform considerably worse than expected under real-life conditions. Consequently, the international research community is increasingly recognizing the added value of experimental wireless network deployments. Recently, the w-iLab.t testbed was installed at the three floors of the buildings of the IBCN research group and at the offices of the IBBT research institute in Ghent, Belgium.

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