Conference Paper

Direction assignment in wireless networks.

Conference: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 9-11, 2010
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ABSTRACT In this paper we consider a wireless network, where each transceiver is equipped with a directional antenna, and study two direction assignment problems, determined by the type of antennas employed. Given a set S of transceivers with directional antennas, located in the plane. We investigate two types of directional antennas | quadrant antennas and half-strip antennas, and show how to assign a direction to each antenna, such that the resulting communication graph is connected.

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