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Extensive research has been done on studying the capacity of wireless multi-hop networks. These efforts have led to many sophisticated and customized analytical studies on the capacity of particular networks. While most of the analyses are intellectually challenging, they lack universal properties that can be extended to study the capacity of a different network. In this paper, the authors sift through various capacity-impacting parameters and present a simple relationship that can be used to estimate the capacity of both static and mobile networks. Specifically, they show that the network capacity is determined by the average number of simultaneous transmissions, the link capacity and the average number of transmissions required delivering a packet to its destination.
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