Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository


Master of Engineering Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. Abdallah Shami

2nd Supervisor

Dr. Xianbin Wang

Joint Supervisor


This thesis proposes a new Channel-Aware MAC (CA-MAC) protocol that allows more than two simultaneous transmissions to take place within a single wireless collision domain. In this proposed work, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) system is used to achieve higher spectral efficiency. The MIMO-based PHY layer has been adopted to help in controlling the transmission and to avoid any collisions by using weights gains technique on the antenna transmission, and by recovering any possible collisions using ZigZag decoding. In order to develop CA-MAC algorithm, to exploit the full potential of MIMO system, the library of 802.11x standard has been modified. NS-2 based simulations were conducted to study the performance of the proposed system. Detailed analysis and comparisons with current protocols schemes are presented.