High-Performance, Fair Access Control Method for Wireless LANs

Yoshihiro TAKIYASU  Eiichi AMADA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E77-B   No.7   pp.855-861
Publication Date: 1994/07/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications)
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Keyword: 
wireless LAN,  accrss control method,  fairness,  fragment,  slotted ALOHA,  base station,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a request-grant-type multiple access control called bandwidth-request labeled-slot multiple access (BLMA) for wireless LANs. BLMA employs slotted ALOHA in the request stage and has an algorithm to avoid unfair access due to the capture effect in this stage. In BLMA, terminals transmit data using fixed length slots called fragment slots in the transmission stage. The base station assigns the fragment slots one by one to terminals for peer-to-peer communication in which terminals communicate directly. It also controls the retransmission based on the stop and wait automatic repeat request scheme. The base station retransmits data for the source terminal as much as it can. BLMA provides simple and fair access control, efficient link utilization, and easy implementation. It also allows modes to be easily changed automatically from peer-to-peer communication to store-and-forward communication in which terminals communicate via the base station. Design concepts of a wireless MAC discussed and details of BLMA are described. The evaluation results of the BLMA are also shown.