On the connectivity of wireless networks with multiple directional antennas

Huiwen XU, Hong-Ning DAI, Qinglin ZHAO

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Abstract

The network connectivity is one of important measures of the performance of wireless networks. However, most of current studies on the network connectivity only consider either an SOMN network, where each node is mounted with a single omni-directional antenna, or an SDA network, where each node is mounted with a single directional antenna. Using multiple directional antennas instead of a single directional antenna can potentially improve the network performance. In this paper, we investigate the connectivity of a novel network, in terms of an MDA network, where each node is mounted with multiple directional antennas. We found that MDA networks have much stronger network connectivity than other existing networks (such as SOMN and SDA networks), and its connectivity degree heavily depends on the number of antennas, the beamwidth of each antenna and the path loss factor. The enhancement mainly owes to the usage of multiple antennas and the longer transmission range of directional antennas.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 18th IEEE International Conference on Networks, ICON 2012
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages155-160
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467345231
ISBN (Print)9781467345217
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 18th IEEE International Conference on Networks, ICON 2012 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 12 Dec 201214 Dec 2012

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Networks, ICON
ISSN (Print)1556-6463

Conference

Conference2012 18th IEEE International Conference on Networks, ICON 2012
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12/12/1214/12/12

Keywords

  • Connectivity
  • Directional Antennas
  • Multiple Antennas
  • Wireless Networks

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