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An Analytical Model for IEEE 802.11 Point-to-Point Link

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Executive Summary

Wireless mesh networks have attracted extensive research interests in recent years. With the maturity and pervasive deployment of IEEE 802.11a/b/g technology, 802.11 DCF protocol is considered as a promising candidate for constructing the backbone of wireless mesh networks. In a multichannel multi-interface wireless mesh network, point-to-point 802.11 wireless link can provide the highest throughput; hence it is critical to understand the 802.11 throughput performance in a point-to-point configuration. This paper presents a simple yet precise Markov model for the analysis of point-to-point 802.11 link performance in terms of saturation throughput.

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