A Survey on MAC Protocols for Ad Hoc Networks with Directional Antennas

  • Robert Vilzmann
  • Christian Bettstetter
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 196)


The application of directional antennas in the mobile devices of wireless ad hoc networks has the potential to increase the network connectivity and capacity. However, new solutions for medium access control (MAC) are needed. This pa-per provides a survey and overview of recently proposed MAC protocols for this scenario. We summarize problems specific to this setup and categorize proposed protocols.


Ad hoc networking medium access directional antennas beamforming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Vilzmann
    • 1
  • Christian Bettstetter
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Communication NetworksTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Future Networking LabDoCoMo Euro-LabsMunichGermany

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