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Directional Antennas in Ad Hoc Networking

Raytheon BBN Technologies has developed a suite of mechanisms for utilizing directional antennas in ad hoc networks. This work is the first to marry ad hoc networking technology with directional antenna technology and exploits the unique possibilities that this combination allows. The chief innovations include directional-antenna-based medium access control, neighbor discovery using directional antennas, and topology control using antenna pointing to guarantee the communication connectivity and survivability of tactical networked communications.