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Smart Association Control in Wireless Mobile Environment Using Max-Flow

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4 Author(s)
Dandapat, S.K. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci. & Eng., Indian Inst. of Technol., Kharagpur, India ; Mitra, B. ; Choudhury, R.R. ; Ganguly, N.

WiFi clients must associate to a specific Access Point (AP) to communicate over the Internet. Current association methods are based on maximum Received Signal Strength Index (RSSI) implying that a client associates to the strongest AP around it. This is a simple scheme that has performed well in purely distributed settings. Modern wireless networks, however, are increasingly being connected by a wired backbone. The backbone allows for out-of-band communication among APs, opening up opportunities for improved protocol design. This paper takes advantage of this opportunity through a coordinated client association scheme where APs consider a global view of the network, and decide on the optimal client-AP association. We show that such an association outperforms RSSI based schemes in several scenarios, while remaining practical and scalable for wide-scale deployment. We also show that optimal association is a NP-Hard problem and our max-flow based heuristic is a promising solution.

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Network and Service Management, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

March 2012

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