Analysis of the IEEE 802.11 Back-Off Mechanism in Presence of Hidden Nodes

Youngjip KIM  Chong-Ho CHOI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E92-B   No.4   pp.1291-1299
Publication Date: 2009/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E92.B.1291
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Radio Communications
Keyword: 
IEEE 802.11,  binary exponential back-off,  hidden nodes,  attempt probability,  analysis,  

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Summary: 
The binary exponential back-off mechanism is one of the basic elements that constitute the IEEE 802.11 protocol. The models of the back-off mechanism have been developed with the assumption that collisions occur only due to nodes within the carrier sensing range and the collision probability is constant in steady-state. However, the transmission collisions can occur due to hidden nodes and these tend to occur consecutively, contrary to the collisions due to nodes within the carrier sensing range. Consecutive collisions increase the back-off time exponentially, resulting in less frequent transmission attempts. Ignoring this collision characteristic in modeling the back-off mechanism can produce large errors in the performance analysis of networks. In this paper, we model the back-off process as a Markov renewal process by taking into account such consecutive collisions due to hidden nodes, and then compare this result with NS2 simulation results. According to the simulation results, the proposed model reduces the relative error in the attempt probability by more than 90% in the grid topology. We also propose a new collision model for a simple network considering consecutive collisions due to hidden nodes, and analyze the network under saturated traffic condition using the proposed models. The attempt and collision probabilities are estimated with high accuracy.