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This paper analyzes the maximum number of simultaneous communications that can be sustained by an ad-hoc network in which the nodes are equipped with fully adaptive smart antennas. The study proposes an analytical model for the evaluation of the performance of ad hoc networks which includes multipath together with some characteristics of the access scheme. The main goal is the analysis of the relationship between the angular spread of the channel and the transmission policy ruled at MAC layer. Moreover, in the paper, it is examined the influence of the spatial channel model on network performance.
Date of Conference: Nov. 27 2006-Dec. 1 2006