Architecture Considerations for 60 GHz Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Providing high data rates to wireless users has long been a goal that has driven the development of new technologies and standards in the past decade. Now, with the opening up of the spectrum at 60GHz, it has become possible to design WLANs that can meet the goal of Gbps/user connectivity. This paper examines several unique design challenges brought about because of the physical characteristics of this frequency band. The authors show that antenna geometry has a significant impact on throughput. This result is obtained when they utilize realistic 3D beam patterns, rather than the common 2D approximation.

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