Experimenting with commodity 802.11 hardware: overview and future directions Articles uri icon

publication date

  • April 2015

start page

  • 671

end page

  • 699


  • 2


  • 17

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1553-877X


  • The huge adoption of 802.11 technologies has triggered a vast amount of experimentally-driven research works. These works range from performance analysis to protocol enhancements, including the proposal of novel applications and services. Due to the affordability of the technology, this experimental research is typically based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices, and, given the rate at which 802.11 releases new standards (which are adopted into new, affordable devices), the field is likely to continue to produce results. In this paper, we review and categorise the most prevalent works carried out with 802.11 COTS devices over the past 15 years, to present a timely snapshot of the areas that have attracted the most attention so far, through a taxonomy that distinguishes between performance studies, enhancements, services, and methodology. In this way, we provide a quick overview of the results achieved by the research community that enables prospective authors to identify potential areas of new research, some of which are discussed after the presentation of the survey.


  • Telecommunications


  • wireless lan; 802.11; experimentation; commercial off-the-shelf; ieee 802.11 standards; media access protocol; ad hoc networks; performance evaluation; wireless lan; taxonomy; interference