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Title: Maximizing Coverage for mmWave WLANs with Dedicated Reflectors
To accommodate increasingly intensive application bandwidth demands, mmWave WLAN at 60 GHz has been identified as a promising technology with the potential to achieve Gbps throughput. However, mmWave performance is highly dependent on the signal's line-of-sight (LoS) condition due to its high penetration loss when obstructed. We study the use of dedicated flat passive reflectors to improve coverage in indoor mmWave WLANs through a reflector placement scheme that accommodates any general indoor scenario with pre-deployed ceiling-mounted access points (APs). The reflector locations are efficiently selected among all available vertical surfaces within the indoor environment. Through simulations, we show that deployment of intelligently placed reflectors can improve LoS coverage by up to 10%, which is more than deploying one additional AP. Results are provided to illustrate how different factors affect coverage and insights about preferred reflector placements are provided.
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IEEE International Conference on Communications
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National Science Foundation
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