Directional Neighbor Discovery in 60 GHz Indoor Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

The unlicensed 60 GHz band brings the promise of multi-gigabit data rates to support new applications such as high definition video over wireless links. Signal propagation in the 60 GHz band significantly differs from that in the traditionally used 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The propagation and penetration losses in the 60 GHz band are much higher. Furthermore, the signals are often reflected in indoor settings. Previous physical layer studies show that the use of directional antennas can significantly help in coping with these effects. In this paper, the authors address the problem of neighbor discovery in the 60 GHz band. They account for not only discovery via direct line-of-sight paths, but also via reflected beams.

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