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Dynamic Contention Window Control Scheme in IEEE 802.11e Wireless LANs

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3 Author(s)
Abeysekera, B.A.H.S. ; Dept. of Inf. & Commun. Technol., Osaka Univ., Suita ; Matsuda, T. ; Takine, T.

In the IEEE 802.11 MAC protocol, access points (APs) are given the same authority as wireless terminals (WTs) in terms of acquiring the wireless link, even though they aggregate several downlink flows. This feature leads to a serious throughput degradation of downlink flows, compared with uplink flows. In this paper, we propose a dynamic contention window control scheme for the IEEE 802.11e EDCA-based WLANs, in order to achieve fairness between uplink and downlink TCP flows while guaranteeing QoS requirements for real-time traffic. The proposed scheme first determines the minimum contention window size in the best-effort access category at APs, based on the number of TCP flows. It then determines the minimum and maximum contention window sizes in higher priority access categories, such as voice and video, so as to guarantee QoS requirements for these real-time traffic.

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Vehicular Technology Conference, 2009. VTC Spring 2009. IEEE 69th

Date of Conference:

26-29 April 2009