On collision-tolerant transmission with directional antennas

Hong Ning DAI*, Kam Wing NG, Min You WU

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Abstract

The application of directional antennas in wireless ad hoc networks brings numerous benefits, such as increased spatial reuse and mitigated interferences. Most MAC protocols with directional antennas are based on the RTS/CTS mechanism which works well in wireless ad hoc networks using omnidirectional antennas. However, RTS/CTS frames cannot mitigate the interference completely. Besides, they also contribute a lot to the performance overhead. This paper studies the problem from a new perspective. We have found that the transmission success probability under directional transmission and directional reception is quite high when the antenna beamwidth is quite narrow. Motivated by the analytical results, we design a lightweight MAC protocol without RTS/CTS frames. The preliminary results demonstrate that this new protocol performs better than MAC protocols based on the RTS/CTS mechanism. The results also show that a collision-tolerant transmission is feasible under the narrow beam configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCNC 2008 - IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1968-1973
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424419968
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2008 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 31 Mar 20083 Apr 2008

Publication series

NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC
ISSN (Print)1525-3511

Conference

ConferenceIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period31/03/083/04/08

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