Employing the One-Sender-Multiple-Receiver Technique in Wireless LANs

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In this paper, the authors study the One-Sender-Multiple-Receiver (OSMR) transmission technique, which allows one sender to send to multiple receivers simultaneously by utilizing multiple antennas at the sender. They implemented a prototype OSMR transmitter/receiver with GNU Software Defined Radio, and conducted experiments in a university building to study the physical layer characteristics of OSMR. Their results are positive and show that wireless channels allow OSMR for a significant percentage of the time. Motivated by their physical layer study, they propose extensions to the 802.11 MAC protocol to support OSMR transmission, which is backward compatible with existing 802.11 devices.

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