RSAD: A Robust Distributed Contention-Based Adaptive Mechanism for IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs
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Previous researches have shown that Distributed Coordination Function (DCF) access mode of IEEE 802.11 has lower performance in heavy contention environment. Based on the in-depth analysis of IEEE 802.11 DCF, NSAD (New Self-adapt DCF-based protocol) has been proposed to improve system saturation throughput in heavy contention condition. The initial contention window tuning algorithm of NSAD is proved effective in error-free environment. However, problems concerning the exchanging of initial contention window occur in error-prone environment. Based on the analysis of NSAD’s performance in error-prone environment, RSAD is proposed to further enhance the performance. Simulation in a more real shadowing error-prone environment is done to compare the performance of NSAD and RSAD and results have shown that RSAD can achieve further performance improvement as expected in the error-prone environment than NSAD (i.e., better goodput and fairness index).
Keywordsdistributed coordination function (DCF) wireless LAN (WLAN) performance enhancement robust
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