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WiFi's physical layer has increased in speed from 802.11b's 11 Mbps to the Gbps rates of emerging 802.11ac. Despite these gains, WiFi's inefficient MAC layer limits achievable end-to-end throughput. The culprit is 802.11's mandatory idle period before each medium acquisition, which has come to dwarf the duration of a packet's transmission. This overhead is(More)
Dense 802.11 wireless networks present a pressing capacity challenge: users in proximity contend for limited unlicensed spectrum. Directional antennas promise increased capacity by improving the signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratio (SINR) at the receiver, potentially allowing successful decoding of packets at higher bit-rates. Many uses of directional(More)
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