Istituto di Informatica e Telematica     
Borgia E., Conti M., Gregori E., Anastasi G. IEEE 802.11 Ad Hoc Networks: Performance Measurements. In: IEEE Workshop on Mobile and Wireless Networks (MWN 2003) (Provvidence (Rhode Island), 2003). Proceedings, pp. 758 - 763. IEEE, 2003.
In this paper we investigate the performance of IEEE 802.11b ad hoc networks by means of an experimental study. An extensive literature, based on simulation studies, there exists on the performance of IEEE 802.11 ad hoc networks. Our analysis reveals several aspects that are usually neglected in previous simulation studies. Firstly, since different transmission rates are used for control and data frames, different transmission ranges and carrier-sensing ranges may exist at the same time in the network. In addition, the transmission ranges are in practice much shorter than usually assumed in simulation analysis, not constant but highly variable (even in the same session) and depends on several factors. Finally, the results presented in this paper indicate that for correctly understanding the behavior of an 802.11b network operating in ad hoc mode, several different ranges must be considered. In addition to the transmission range, the physical carrier sensing range is very important. The transmission range is highly dependent on the data rate and is up to 100 m, while the physical carrier sensing range is almost independent from the data rate and is approximately 200 m. Furthermore, even though stations are outside from their respective physical carrier sensing range, they may still interfere if their distance is lower than 350 m.
Subject Ad-hoc Network
transmission range
C.2.1 Network Architecture and Design: wireless communication

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