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Experiences with WM: A centralised scheduling approach for performance management of IEEE 802.11 wireless LANs

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6 Author(s)
Hegde, M. ; Dept. of Electr. Commun. Eng., Indian Inst. of Sci., Bangalore ; Kumar, P. ; Vasudev, K.R. ; Anand, S.
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In our earlier work, the authors proposed WLAN Manager (or WM) a centralised controller for QoS management of infrastructure WLANs based on the IEEE 802.11 DCF standards. The WM approach is based on queueing and scheduling packets in a device that sits between all traffic flowing between the APs and the wireline LAN, requires no changes to the AP or the STAs, and can be viewed as implementing a ldquoSplit-MACrdquo architecture. The objectives of WM were to manage various TCP performance related issues (such as the throughput ldquoanomalyrdquo when STAs associate with an AP with mixed PHY rates, and upload-download unfairness induced by finite AP buffers), and also to serve as the controller for VoIP admission control and handovers, and for other QoS management measures. In this paper we report our experiences in implementing the proposals: the insights gained, new control techniques developed, and the effectiveness of the WM approach in managing TCP performance in an infrastructure WLAN. We report results from a hybrid experiment where a physical WM manages actual TCP controlled packet flows between a server and clients, with the WLAN being simulated, and also from a small physical testbed with an actual AP.

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Communication Systems and Networks and Workshops, 2009. COMSNETS 2009. First International

Date of Conference:

5-10 Jan. 2009