Instrumentation for measuring users’ goodputs in dense Wi-Fi deployments and capacity-planning rules

  • José Luis García-DoradoEmail author
  • Javier Ramos
  • Francisco J. Gomez-Arribas
  • Eduardo Magaña
  • Javier Aracil


Before a dense Wi-Fi network is deployed, Wi-Fi providers must be careful with the performance promises they made in their way to win a bidding process. After such deployment takes place, Wi-Fi-network owners—such as public institutions—must verify that the QoS agreements are being fulfilled. We have merged both needs into a low-cost measurement system, a report of measurements at diverse scenarios and a performance prediction tool. The measurement system allows measuring the actual goodput that a set of users are receiving, and it has been used in a number of schools on a national scale. From this experience, we report measurements for different scenarios and diverse factors—which may result of interest to practitioners by themselves. Finally, we translate all the learned lessons to a freely-available capacity-planning tool for forecasting performance given a set of input parameters such as frequency, signal strength and number of users—and so, useful for estimating the cost of future deployments.


Wi-Fi performance Goodput Wi-Fi-network planning WiFiLytics 



This work was partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund under the project TRÁFICA (MINECO/FEDER TEC2015-69417-C2-1-R) and by Naudit High Performance Computing and Networking under the project ESCUELAS CONECTADAS (Convenios 2018 y 2019 “Análisis de tráfico y supercomputación de sobremesa”, art. 83).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.High Performance Computing and Networking Research Group, Escuela Politécnica SuperiorUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Naudit High Performance Computing and NetworkingMadrid, PamplonaSpain
  3. 3.Telecommunications, Networks and Services Research GroupUniversidad Pública de NavarraPamplonaSpain

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