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The Scalability of WiFi for Mobile Embedded Sensor Interfaces

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Authors:

Johnty Wang, Eduardo Meneses, Marcelo M. Wanderley

Publication or Conference Title:

Proc. of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

Abstract:

In this work we test the performance of multiple ESP32 microcontrollers used as WiFi sensor interfaces in the context of real-time interactive systems. The number of devices from 1 to 13, and individual sending rates from 50 to 2300Hz are tested to provide examples of various network load situations that may resemble a performance configuration. The overall end-to-end latency and bandwidth are measured as the basic performance metrics of interest. The results show that a maximum message rate of 2300Hz is possible on a 2.4GHz network for a single embedded device and decreases as the number of devices are added. During testing it was possible to have up to 7 wireless devices transmitting at 100Hz to a wireless receiver via a router while attaining less than 10ms of end-to-end latency. Performance however degrades with increasing sending rates and number of devices. Additionally, performance can also vary significantly from day to day depending on network usage in a crowded environment.


Publication Details:

Type:
Conference Paper
Date:
07/21/2020
Location:
Birmingham, U.K.

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