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A TDMA-based mechanism for real-time communication in IEEE 802.11e networks

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4 Author(s)
Costa, R. ; Fac. de Eng., Univ. do Porto, Porto, Portugal ; Portugal, P. ; Vasques, F. ; Moraes, R.

In this paper, we propose a TDMA-based communication approach to be used upon the EDCA communication mechanism defined in the IEEE 802.11e standard. This approach allows the coexistence of real-time (RT) traffic together with uncontrolled (external) traffic sources. In the context of this paper, RT traffic means small sized packets generated in periodic intervals, which must be delivered before the end of the message stream period. The target of this paper is to highlight some limitations of the EDCA mechanism when supporting RT communication and to compare these results with those obtained with the proposed TDMA approach. We have assessed these two mechanisms considering an open communication environment, where there are RT and non-RT stations operating in the same frequency band. Furthermore, a realistic error-prone model channel was used to measure the impact of interferences against an error-free channel. We show that the proposed TDMA approach offers an almost constant access delay and it also improves the EDCA behavior in what concerns the average functional throughput and the average deadline losses.

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Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA), 2010 IEEE Conference on

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13-16 Sept. 2010