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IEEE 802.11 e medium access control (MAC) is an emerging supplement to the IEEE 802.11 wireless local area network (WLAN) standard to support quality-of-service (QoS). The 802.11e MAC is based on both centrally-controlled and contention-based channel accesses. In this paper, we evaluate the contention-based channel access mechanism, called enhanced distributed coordination function (EDCF), in comparison with the 802.11 legacy MAC. The ECDF provides differentiated channel access to frames with different priorities. We also consider an optional feature of the EDCF, called contention-free burst (CFB), which allows multiple MAC frame transmissions during a single transmission opportunity (TXOP). Through our simulation study, we conclude that the EDCF can provide differentiated channel access for different traffic types. Furthermore, the CFB is found to enhance the EDCF performance by increasing the overall system throughput and achieving more acceptable streaming quality in terms of frame losses and delays.