Fairness Analysis of Throughput and Delay in WLAN Environments with Channel Diversities

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2011-07-19
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Chiapin Wang
Hao-Kai Lo
Shih-Hau Fang
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SpringerOpen
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The article investigates fairness in terms of throughput and packet delays among users with diverse channel conditions due to the mobility and fading effects in IEEE 802.11 WLAN (wireless local area networks) environments. From our analytical results, it is shown that 802.11 CSMA/CA can present fairness among hosts with identical link qualities regardless of equal or different data rates applied. Our analytical results further demonstrate that the presence of diverse channel conditions can pose significant unfairness on both throughput and packet delays even with a link adaptation mechanism since the MCSs (modulation and coding schemes) available are limited. The simulation results validate the accuracy of our analytical model.
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