Connectivity of cognitive radio ad hoc networks with directional antennas

Yuanyuan WANG, Qiu WANG, Hong Ning DAI*, Haibo WANG, Zhiguo SHI

*Corresponding author for this work

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In cognitive radio ad hoc networks, omni-directional antennas are typically used at both primary users (PUs) and secondary users (SUs), which can cause high interference. We name such cognitive radio ad hoc networks with omni-directional antennas as OMN-CRAHNs. Different from omni-directional antennas, directional antennas can concentrate the transmission on desired directions and can consequently reduce interference in undesired directions. In this paper, we investigate both the local connectivity and the overall connectivity of cognitive radio ad hoc networks with directional antennas (DIR-CRAHNs), in which both PUs and SUs are equipped with directional antennas. In particular, we establish a theoretical framework to analyze both the probability of node isolation and the probability of connectivity of DIR-CRAHNs and OMN-CRAHNs. Our analytical results show that DIR-CRAHNs can have higher connectivity than OMN-CRAHNs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3045-3061
Number of pages17
JournalWireless Networks
Issue number8
Early online date2 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The work described in this paper was supported by Macao Science and Technology Development Fund under Grant No. 096/2013/A3. The authors would like to thank anonymous reviewers and editors for their constructive comments. The authors would like to express their appreciation for Gordon K.-T. Hon for his thoughtful discussions.

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Cognitive radio ad hoc network
  • Connectivity
  • Directional antennas


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