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Tracking agent based paging for wireless LANs

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2 Author(s)
B. Sarikaya ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada ; T. Ozugur

We design a protocol for paging (tracking agent based paging or TAP) IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN hosts. Mobile nodes in IEEE 802.11 BSS constitute a layer-2 paging area. The tracking agent (TA) is in charge of the paging state, and TA continuously updates the paging state after each layer-2 handoff. Paging on the wireless link is done by extended beacons, and does not involve periodic layer-3 messages. Signaling in TAP is based on IEEE's IAPP (inter-access point protocol) with minor extensions. We evaluate the performance of TAP and show that TAP achieves superior power savings.

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Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, 2004. CCNC 2004. First IEEE

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5-8 Jan. 2004