Performance Evaluation of Video Transmission with the PCF of the IEEE 802.11 Standard MAC Protocol

Takahiro SUZUKI  Shuji TASAKA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E83-B   No.9   pp.2068-2076
Publication Date: 2000/09/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Radio Communications
wireless LAN,  media access control,  IEEE 802.11,  H.263 video,  performance evaluation,  

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This paper focuses on a single BSA (Basic Service Area) in an infrastructure network and studies the performance of the IEEE 802.11 standard MAC protocol by means of simulation. The MAC protocol supports DCF (Distributed Coordination Function) and PCF (Point Coordination Function). The simulation model includes both data transmission with the DCF and H.263 video transmission with the PCF. In the simulation we assume that the channel transmission rate is 2 Mbps and use the system parameters specified in the standard for the DSSS (Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum) physical layer. We evaluate the performance of this protocol in terms of throughput and MPDU (MAC Protocol Data Unit) delay for various values of the CFP (Contention Free Period) repetition interval and the CFP maximum duration. Numerical results show that if the CFP repetition interval is set too long, video MPDU delay becomes very large periodically; therefore, average video MPDU delay deteriorates. We also find that as the CFP maximum duration decreases, the number of video terminals that can be accommodated in the system decreases. Furthermore, how channel transmission errors affect the performance of the protocol is examined. A two-state continuous-time Markov model is used as a burst error model. As a result, we see that for a small number of video terminals, the average video-MPDU-delay performance does not deteriorate drastically for larger values of bit error rate.