Skip to main content

Accuracy of simulation of wireless technology using MATLAB and NS-3.

Newell, D., Davies, P., Wade, R. and Yearp, A., 2023. Accuracy of simulation of wireless technology using MATLAB and NS-3. In: INFOCOMP 2023 - IARIA, 26-30 June 2023, Nice, France.

Full text available as:

60024 Accuracy of Simulation Technology using MATLAB and NS-3.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial.


Official URL:


Performance predictions of wireless IEEE 802.11 specifications have been obtained using two well-known simulators - MATLAB and Network Simulator 3 (NS-3). Benchmarking was done by comparison to laboratory performance measured practically using an experimental method based on technical features claiming to contribute to higher bandwidth. The findings show that both simulators’ predictions match the specifications at zero line-of-sight between transmitter and host. Technical features were confirmed to broadly increased data rates approximately to specification. However, accuracy of the simulators was inversely correlated with propagation distance. In certain cases, the claim of higher bandwidth by the latest amendment was not borne out in practice over distances greater than 10m. In conclusion, NS-3 was more often better correlated with measured values than MATLAB. In future, better software modelling of ray tracing and beam forming, physical techniques employed in cellular simulators that better model propagation effects would be expected to improve accuracy. Keywords-WIFI, Wireless technology, MATLAB, NS-3.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:39457
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:08 Feb 2024 12:50
Last Modified:08 Feb 2024 12:50


Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -