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In this paper, we analyze the performance of different node density of Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) operating under the IEEE Standard 802.15.4 in the beacon-enabled mode. The motivation for evaluating the beacon-enabled mode is due to its flexibility for WSN applications as compared to the non-beacon enabled mode. The analysis is based on an accurate OPNET simulation model which supports slotted Carrier Sense Multiple Access Mechanism with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) mechanism and Guaranteed Time Slot (GTS). The performance of the slotted CSMA/CA sensor network is evaluated and analyzed for different network settings to understand the impact of the protocol attributes, including super-frame order (SO), beacon order (BO), data packet size and maximum back-off number. Through the simulation results, high SO provides better network throughput, otherwise results in lower average latency. We also found that the MAC overheads on small MAC Service Data Unit (MSDU) are more significant than the overheads on large MSDU. And the back-off mechanism results in longer delays when the network traffic is heavy.