Design and Experimental Evaluation of Multi-User Beamforming in Wireless LANs

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Executive Summary

Multi-User MIMO promises to increase the spectral efficiency of next generation wireless systems and is currently being incorporated in future industry standards. Although a significant amount of research has focused on theoretical capacity analysis, little is known about the performance of such systems in practice. In this paper, the authors present the design and implementation of the first multiuser beamforming system and experimental framework for wireless LANs. Using extensive measurements in an indoor environment, they evaluate the impact of receiver separation distance, outdated channel information due to mobility and environmental variation, and the potential for increasing spatial reuse.

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