RF-Bouncer: A Programmable Dual-band Metasurface for Sub-6 Wireless Networks


Xinyi Li, Chao Feng, Xiaojing Wang, and Yangfan Zhang, Northwest University; Yaxiong Xie, University at Buffalo SUNY; Xiaojiang Chen, Northwest University


Offloading the beamforming task from the endpoints to the metasurface installed in the propagation environment has attracted significant attention. Currently, most of the metasurface-based beamforming solutions are designed and optimized for operation on a single ISM band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz). In this paper, we propose RF-Bouncer, a compact, low-cost, simple-structure programmable dual-band metasurface that supports concurrent beamforming on two Sub-6 ISM bands. By configuring the states of the meta-atoms, the metasurface is able to simultaneously steer the incident signals from two bands towards their desired departure angles. We fabricate the metasurface and validate its performance via extensive experiments. Experimental results demonstrate that RF-Bouncer achieves 15.4 dB average signal strength improvement and a 2.49× throughput improvement even with a relatively small 16 × 16 array of meta-atoms.

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@inproceedings {286443,
author = {Xinyi Li and Chao Feng and Xiaojing Wang and Yangfan Zhang and Yaxiong Xie and Xiaojiang Chen},
title = {{RF-Bouncer}: A Programmable Dual-band Metasurface for Sub-6 Wireless Networks},
booktitle = {20th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI 23)},
year = {2023},
isbn = {978-1-939133-33-5},
address = {Boston, MA},
pages = {389--404},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/nsdi23/presentation/li-xinyi},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = apr

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