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Extensive research has been done on studying the capacity of wireless multi-hop networks. These efforts have led to many sophisticated and customized analytical studies on the capacity of particular networks. While most of the analyses are intellectually challenging, they lack universal properties that can be extended to study the capacity of a different network. In this paper, we sift through various capacity-impacting parameters and present a simple relationship that can be used to estimate the capacity of both static and mobile networks. Specifically, we show that the network capacity is determined by the average number of simultaneous transmissions, the link capacity and the average number of transmissions required to deliver a packet to its destination. Our result is valid for both finite networks and asymptotically infinite networks. We then use this result to explain and better understand the insights of some existing results on the capacity of static networks, mobile networks and hybrid networks and the multicast capacity. The capacity analysis using the aforementioned relationship often becomes simpler. The relationship can be used as a powerful tool to estimate the capacity of different networks. Our work makes important contributions towards developing a generic methodology for network capacity analysis that is applicable to a variety of different scenarios.