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Capacity scaling laws offer fundamental understanding on the trend of user throughput behavior when the network size increases. Since, the seminal work of Gupta and Kumar, there have been active research efforts in developing capacity scaling laws for ad hoc networks under various advanced physical layer technologies. These efforts led to different custom-designed solutions, most of which were intellectually challenging and lacked universal properties that can be extended to address scaling laws of ad hoc networks with other physical layer technologies. In this paper, the authors present a set of simple yet powerful general criteria that one can apply to quickly determine the capacity scaling laws for various physical layer technologies under the protocol model.
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