Mobile Networks and Applications

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 315–329 | Cite as

Trends, Advances, and Challenges in Testbed-based Wireless Mesh Network Research

  • Bastian Blywis
  • Mesut Guenes
  • Felix Juraschek
  • Jochen H. Schiller


Wireless mesh networks are in the focus of research for more than a decade. After a short simulation based research period, several testbeds have been set up for the study of particular research topics. As wireless mesh networks are entering a phase of wide-spread commercial application, novel approaches for holistic research are required. In this paper we review the trends, advances, and challenges in experimentally driven wireless mesh network research. The evolution of the experimentation facilities is elaborated by distinguishing three generations of testbeds. Based on the review and the current trends of research, open issues are discussed. We introduce the Distributed Embedded Systems Testbed (DES-Testbed) at Freie Universität Berlin as an example of the current third generation. Further on, its features are elaborated and requirements for future holistic research of wireless networks are discussed.


wireless mesh network testbed research method experimentation survey 



This work has been partially sponsored and supported by the OPNEX and WISEBED projects of the European Union.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bastian Blywis
    • 1
  • Mesut Guenes
    • 1
  • Felix Juraschek
    • 1
  • Jochen H. Schiller
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Computer Science, Computer Systems and Telematics, Distributed Embedded SystemsFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Computer Science, Computer Systems and TelematicsFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

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