Using Commercial Ray Tracing Software to Drive an Attenuator-Based Mobile WIreless Testbed
Taylor, Keith Richard
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We propose and build a prototype architecture for a laboratory-based mobile wireless testbed that uses highly detailed, site-specific channel models to dynamically configure a many-to-many analog channel emulator. Unlike similar systems that have used abstract channel models with few details from the physical environment, we take advantage of commercial ray tracing software and high-performance hardware to make realistic signal power and characteristics predictions in a highly detailed environment. The ray tracing results are used to program a many-to-many analog channel emulator. Using this system, we can conveniently, repeatedly, and realistically subject real wireless nodes to the effects of mobility. We use our prototype system and a detailed CAD model of the University of Maryland campus to compare field test measurements to measurements made from the same devices in the same physical scenario in the testbed. This thesis presents the design, implementation, and validation phases of the proposed mobile wireless testbed.