, Volume 71, Issue 3, pp 2313-2332,
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Date: 24 Nov 2012

Impact of Spatial Channel Reuse and Adaptive Modulation on Wireless Mesh Network Capacity

Abstract

The capacity analysis based on the concept of collision domains may be applied to wireless networks with mesh topology, e.g. wireless backhaul networks for rural areas, sensor networks, etc. The strength of the method is the fact that it may be easily fitted to any MAC protocol, routing algorithm, channel allocation method, and, therefore, is a valuable tool for verification and performance analysis of such algorithms. However, simplifications assumed by some authors may lead to erroneous results, e.g. significantly underestimated capacity of the WMN. Therefore, phenomena specific to wireless networks, such as spatial channel reuse, and features specific to wireless standards, such as link adaptivity, should be included in the analysis, as presented in this paper.