Improving WiFi communication with surface nodes at near-shore on tidal waters
Ref: CISTER-TR-220103 Publication Date: 2022
Improving WiFi communication with surface nodes at near-shore on tidal watersRef: CISTER-TR-220103 Publication Date: 2022
Wireless radio links deployed in aquatic areas (e.g., sea, rivers, lakes, estuaries) are affected by the conductive properties of the water surface, strengthening signal reflections and increasing destructive interference. Recurrent natural phenomena (e.g. tides or waves) cause shifts in water levels further impairing propagation over water surfaces. In this work, we aim to mitigate the detrimental impact of tides on link quality by providing tailored link distance/height-design regions that minimize average path losses. We focus on line-of-sight (LOS) over-water links between onshore stations and different types of surface nodes, namely AUVs, buoys, or USVs, using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. Analytical results targeting mission data transfer scenarios demonstrate that the proposed method outperforms, in both frequency bands, the common practice of placing (i) onshore antennas at the largest possible height and/or (ii) surface nodes at a short but arbitrary distance from the shore. A longer version of this summary was presented at IEEE/MTS OCEANS 2021.
Poster presented in 31º Seminário Rede Temática de Comunicações Móveis (RTCM 2022).
Porto (Virtual), Portugal.