In this work we propose and evaluate experimentally the performance of IEEE 802.11ac WLAN standard signals in radio-over-fiber (RoF) distributed-antenna systems based on multicore fiber (MCF) for in-building WLAN connectivity. The RoF performance of WLAN signals with different bandwidth is investigated considering up to IEEE 802.11ac maximum of 160 MHz per user. We evaluate experimentally the performance of WLAN signals employing different modulation and coding schemes achieving bitrates from 78 Mbps to 1404 Mbps per user in distances up to 300 m in a 4-core MCF. The performance of the wireless standard multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) processing algorithms included in WLAN signals applied to the RoF transmission in MCF optical systems is also evaluated. The impact on the quality of the signal from one of the cores in the MIMO processing is investigated and compared with the results achieved with single-input single-output (SISO) transmission in each core. We measured the error vector magnitude (EVM) and the OFDM data burst information of the received WLAN signals after RoF transmission for different distributed-antenna systems with uni- and bi-directional MCF communication. Finally, we compare the received EVM of a single-antenna system (SISO arrangement) with WLAN systems using two antennas (2×2 MIMO) and four antennas (4×4 MIMO).
Maria Morant and Roberto Llorente, "802.11ac WLAN MIMO radio-over-fiber distributed antenna system for in-building networks based on multicore fiber," Proc. SPIE 10128, Broadband Access Communication Technologies XI, 101280C (Presented at SPIE OPTO: February 01, 2017; Published: 28 January 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2252152.
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