Wireless Networks

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 133–146 | Cite as

Spatial channel reuse in wireless sensor networks

  • Xiaofei WangEmail author
  • Toby Berger


Wireless sensor networks (WSN) are formed by network-enabled sensors spatially randomly distributed over an area. Because the number of nodes in the WSNs is usually large, channel reuse must be applied, keeping co-channel nodes sufficiently separated geographically to achieve satisfactory SIR level. The most efficient channel reuse configuration for WSN has been determined and the worst-interference scenario has been identified. For this channel reuse pattern and worst-case scenario, the minimum co-channel separation distance consistent with an SIR level constraint is derived. Our results show that the two-hop co-channel separations often assumed for sensor and ad hoc networks are not sufficient to guarantee communications. Minimum co-channel separation curves given various parameters are also presented. The results in this paper provide theoretical basis for channel spatial reuse and medium access control for WSN s and also serve as a guideline for how channel assignment algorithms should allocate channels. Furthermore, because the derived co-channel separation is a function of the sensor transmission radius, it also provides a connection between network data transport capacity planning and network topology control which is administered by varying transmission powers.


Ad hoc networks Wireless sensor networks Medium access control Channel reuse Spatial reuse Resources allocation Wireless networks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Corporate R&D, Qualcomm Inc.San DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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