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It developed a new wireless link quality metric, ECOT (Estimated Channel Occupancy Time) that enables a high throughput route setup in wireless mesh networks. The key feature of ECOT is being applicable to diverse mesh network environments where IEEE 802.11 MAC (Medium Access Control) variants are used. It takes into account the detailed operational features of various 802.11 MAC protocols, such as 802.11 DCF (Distributed Coordination Function), 802.11e EDCA (Enhanced Distributed Channel Access) with BACK (Block Acknowledgment), and 802.11n A-MPDU (Aggregate MAC Protocol Data Unit), and derive an integrated link metric that enables finding maximum throughput end-to-end routes.
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