A Mobile Ad Hoc Networking Test Bed

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Authors
  1. Sen, C.
  2. Salmanian, M.
  3. Kellett, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Wireless computer networks are becoming increasingly important to the military and the use of inexpensive, light hardware based on the IEEE 802.11 wireless networking standards has given these networks unprecedented mobility. The advent of self-organizing, peer-to-peer mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) based on these devices challenges traditional network conceptions of routing and security. Research into these and other aspects of MANETs requires extensive field testing or specialized test facilities. In this technical memorandum, we give an overview of the special properties of MANETs and how routing protocols such as Optimized Link State Routing (OLSR) allow them to function. We discuss the limitations of the Windows platform for use in our research. Finally, we detail the set up of MANET test bed in Linux using tools from the United States’ Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The tools allow for the emulation of MANETs, including simulating the effects of node movement and terrain on the network. The test bed will allow us to do our initial research in a lab environment and to demonstrate our results in a graphical, non-technical manner.

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Keywords
Routing Protocol;MANET;802.11;Mobile Ad Hoc Network;OLSR (Optimized Link State Routing);Test Bed;WLAN;Wireless networks
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2005-158 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Aug 2005
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
CA026745
CANDIS No
524680
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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