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Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1594270, 10 pages
Research Article

A Dynamically Reconfigurable Wireless Sensor Network Testbed for Multiple Routing Protocols

1College of Computer Science and Technology, Huaqiao University, Xiamen 361021, China
2College of Mathematics and Computer Science, Quanzhou Normal University, Quanzhou 362000, China
3Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Data Intensive Computing, Quanzhou 362000, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Wenxian Jiang

Received 20 May 2017; Accepted 23 August 2017; Published 8 November 2017

Academic Editor: Javier Prieto

Copyright © 2017 Wenxian Jiang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Because wireless sensor networks (WSNs) are complex and difficult to deploy and manage, appropriate structures are required to make these networks more flexible. In this paper, a reconfigurable testbed is presented, which supports dynamic protocol switching by creating a novel architecture and experiments with several different protocols. The separation of the control and data planes in this testbed means that routing configuration and data transmission are independent. A programmable flow table provides the testbed with the ability to switch protocols dynamically. We experiment on various aspects of the testbed to analyze its functionality and performance. The results demonstrate that sensors in the testbed are easy to manage and can support multiple protocols. We then raise some important issues that should be investigated in future work concerning the testbed.