Wireless Sensor Network Simulator v1.1 : A WSN simulator toolkit [Review]

Wireless Sensor Network Simulator v1.1 showing the simulation on deployed sensor network and in inset Sensor Network Node's Mean lifetime test, by David J. Stein
Wireless Sensor Network Simulator v1.1 showing the simulation on deployed sensor network and in inset Sensor Network Node's Mean lifetime test, by David J. Stein
Wireless Sensor Network Simulator v1.1 showing the simulation on deployed sensor network and in inset Sensor Network Node’s Mean lifetime test, by David J. Stein
This article gives insight review to explore features and possibilities of a Wireless Sensor Network Simulator v1.1 which is programmed by David J. Stein.
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