Reconfigurable antennas in highly multipath environments

Ryan Measel, Christopher S. Lester, Donald J. Bucci, Kevin Wanuga, Gregory Tait, Richard Primerano, Kapil R. Dandekar, Moshe Kam

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Highly reflective environments, such as ships, aircraft, and industrial warehouses, can be challenging for wireless communications. This effort investigates the use of transmitter-side reconfigurable antennas to mitigate the effect of multipath interference in such environments. Software-defined radios were used to transmit and receive IEEE 802.11g OFDM packets in 'tuned' reverberation chambers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA. The reconfigurable antenna improved signal integrity by 4.9 dB over a conventional, omnidirectional antenna for SISO, and by a smaller margin for MRC. The reconfigurable antenna achieved greater capacity than the omnidirectional antenna with 16% improvement. It is concluded that reconfigurable antennas are well suited for use with access points and other stationary network infrastructure to facilitate the design and mobility of receivers in highly reflective environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium(APSURSI)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935406
StatePublished - Sep 18 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2014 - Memphis, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2014Jul 11 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, AP-S International Symposium (Digest)
ISSN (Print)1522-3965


Other2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, APSURSI 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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