Mobility

On the Quality of Wireless Network Connectivity

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Executive Summary

Despite intensive research in the area of network connectivity, there is an important category of problems that remain unsolved: how to measure the quality of connectivity of a wireless multi-hop network which has a realistic number of nodes, not necessarily large enough to warrant the use of asymptotic analysis, and has unreliable connections, reflecting the inherent unreliable characteristics of wireless communications? The quality of connectivity measures how easily and reliably a packet sent by a node can reach another node. It complements the use of capacity to measure the quality of a network in saturated traffic scenarios and provides a native measure of the quality of (end-to-end) network connections.

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