Evaluation of commercial wireless mesh technologies in a public safety context: Methodology, analysis and experience

Hu, Peizhao, Bialkowski, K., Tan, Wee Lum and Portmann, M. (2010). Evaluation of commercial wireless mesh technologies in a public safety context: Methodology, analysis and experience. In: Proceedings IEEE 7th International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems, MASS 2010. IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), San Francisco, CA, U.S.A, (606-612). 8-12 November 2010. doi:10.1109/MASS.2010.5663873


Author Hu, Peizhao
Bialkowski, K.
Tan, Wee Lum
Portmann, M.
Title of paper Evaluation of commercial wireless mesh technologies in a public safety context: Methodology, analysis and experience
Conference name IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems (MASS)
Conference location San Francisco, CA, U.S.A
Conference dates 8-12 November 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings IEEE 7th International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems, MASS 2010
Place of Publication United States
Publisher IEEE - Computer Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1109/MASS.2010.5663873
ISBN 9781424474882
Issue Article number 5663873
Start page 606
End page 612
Total pages 7
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract/Summary This paper presents the results of an independent evaluation of four different commercial wireless mesh network systems using IEEE 802.11 radios in the context of small-scale, rapid deployment scenarios in public safety and emergency applications. To ensure repeatability and fairness in our evaluation, we designed and built a conducted wireless evaluation platform which provides a controlled test environment. Using our conducted test-bed, we investigated the performance of the different wireless mesh products in terms of their singlehop and multi-hop capacity under varying link conditions, and their ability to handle link failures. We have also conducted an outdoor multi-hop capacity test with the wireless mesh products, and compared the outdoor performance with the lab-based results. The test scenarios and the corresponding results demonstrate the flexibility and advantages of our conducted test-bed in fleshing out the performance differences of the evaluated mesh products. From our test results, we observed the differences in the MAC auto-rate behaviour of the different mesh network systems, as well as the throughput performance stability in one of the vendor's mesh routers. Our results also show that the multi-hop throughput performance of an unplanned (or rapid) network deployment can be substantially lower (ranging from 44% to 67%) compared to that of a planned network deployment. ©2010 IEEE.
Keyword Controlled tests
Deployment scenarios
Evaluation platforms
Link failures
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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