Exploring Sensor Network Communication Strategies With the Mote-in-the-Loop Approach
The performance of wireless sensor networks is heavily influenced by the surrounding environment. Hence, in different scenarios different communication strategies, i.e., different packet sizes or retransmission strategies etc., are preferable. There are, however, currently no appropriate methods to investigate the optimal strategy. Analysis and simulation rely on abstract, often unrealistic assumptions and experiments with real hardware are time-consuming. Towards this end, the authors present mote-in-the-loop, a new approach to explore sensor network communication strategies. Their experimental results demonstrate the feasibility of their approach and make one believe that mote-in-the-loop can become a powerful and useful tool.