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Along with recent advances in mobile networking and portable computing technologies, there is a trend in the telecommunications industry toward the development of efficient ubiquitous systems that can provide a set of bandwidth-intensive and real-time services to multiple users while supporting their full mobility. Large-scale deployment of 802.1 1-based technologies will play an integral part in the construction of such ubiquitous wireless mobile systems. A challenging task in the development of such networks is efficient provisioning of QoS-enabled services for mobile users. In this context, we propose a scheme that constantly monitors the overall network performance to perform admission control and traffic conditioning at the 802.11-based access points and mobile terminals. The focus is on service-level fairness, where different flows from the same traffic class can still receive the same QoS level even if they have different bit rates. Furthermore, given the mobility of users, the success of any resource allocation and admission control model depends on the continuity of QoS guarantees across different WLANs. This article proposes a dynamic service level agreement negotiation protocol that allows mobile terminals to perform handoffs between different WLANs while maintaining the agreed level or service. End users also can change their service levels in response to changes in network conditions.
Date of Publication: Sept.-Oct. 2007