On the use of affordable COTS hardware for network measurements: Limits and good practices
EntityUAM. Departamento de Tecnología Electrónica y de las Comunicaciones
10.3390/info9020043Information 9.2 (2018): 43
Funded byThis work was partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund through the research projects TRAFICA (MINECO/FEDER TEC2015-69417-C2-1-R) and RACING DRONES (MINECO / FEDER RTC-2016-4744-7). The first author would like to thank the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for the 2016–2017 collaboration grant
ProjectGobierno de España. TEC2015-69417-C2-1-R; Gobierno de España. RTC-2016-4744-7
SubjectsCOTS; Network monitoring; Performance evaluation; Quality of service; Wireless networks; Informática
NoteThis paper is an extended version of our paper published in XIII Jornadas de Ingeniería Telemática JITEL (2017), “Evaluación de equipamiento de bajo coste para realizar medidas de red en entornos domésticos”
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Wireless access technologies are widespread in domestic scenarios, and end users extensively use mobile phones or tablets to browse the Web. Therefore, methods and platforms for the measurement of network key performance indicators must be adapted to the peculiarities of this environment. In this light, the experiments should capture the true conditions of such connections, particularly in terms of the hardware and multi-device interactions that are present in real networks. On the basis of this, this paper presents an evaluation of the capabilities of several affordable commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices as network measuring probes, for example, computers-on-module or domestic routers with software measurement tools. Our main goal is to detect the limits of such devices and define a guide of good practices to optimize them. Hence, our work paves the way for the development of fair measurement systems in domestic networks with low expenditures. The obtained experimental results show that these types of devices are suitable as network measuring probes, if they are adequately configured and minimal accuracy losses are assumable.
Google Scholar:Miravalls Sierra, Eduardo - Muelas, David - López de Vergara Méndez, Jorge Enrique - Ramos, Javier - Aracil, Javier
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