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EasiRA: A hybrid rate adaptation scheme for 802.11 mobile wireless access networks

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4 Author(s)
Tingpei Huang ; Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China ; Haiming Chen ; Zhaoliang Zhang ; Li Cui

Rate adaptation, which adapts transmission bit rate according to current wireless link conditions, is a fundamental mechanism used by link-layer protocols to improve the performance of 802.11 wireless access networks in terms of throughput. However, rate adaptation faces to severe challenges due to more and more congested and dynamic wireless links. In this paper, we design a hybrid rate adaptation scheme, called EasiRA, for 802.11 mobile wireless access networks. It has following three features. First, it combines the sensor-hints and protocol-hints information together to estimate current link status. Second, EasiRA exploits environmental signal strength information obtained by a 802.15.4-based radio to help distinguish the causes of packet losses and adjust the thresholds of the protocol-hints. Finally, EasiRA uses both random and deterministic rate increase or decrease schemes to combat the dynamic and unpredictable characteristics of wireless links. Simulation results show that EasiRA consistently outperforms the existing rate adaptation schemes, namely CARA, Minstrel and RapidSample, particularly in relatively high dynamic scenario.

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2012 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)

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1-4 April 2012