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Throughput in Wireless LAN: Implications of Some Meteorological Variables in Undulating Landscape

Authors: Chinedu PU, Nwankwo W, Ukhurebor KE, Benson BU


Generally, meteorological variables such as relative humidity, temperature and mean sea level pressure vary from place to place and it has been shown that these natural conditions may exert significant impact on wireless communication. In traditional settings, these variables are not critically analyzed when deploying wireless networks. This paper presents an account on the study of the throughput of wireless local area networks (WLANs) using an extensive campus network located in an undulating topography in a tropical climate in Iyamho, Edo North, South-South of Nigeria. The undulating topography, temperature, relative humidity and mean sea level pressure were evaluated in order to establish their interactions with WLANs. The result shows that the Wi-Fi signals were more affected by distance than by temperature, relative humidity and mean sea level pressure respectively in the absence of other obstacles that might have introduced some interference along the path of the radio signals. Nevertheless, this study confirmed that the throughput is affected by temperature and relative humidity respectively and that along undulating lowlands optimal performances were recorded under lower temperatures, lower relative humidity and higher mean sea level pressure.

Affiliations: Informatics and CyberPhysical Systems Unit, Department of Computer Science, Edo University Iyamho, Edo State, Nigeria.
Keywords: WLAN, Landscape, Signal Propagation, Network Performance, Quality Of Service
Published date: 2020/12/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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