Analytical Model for Service Differentiation Schemes in IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN

Jianhua HE
Zongkai YANG
Chun Tung CHOU
Zuoyin TANG

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E87-B    No.6    pp.1724-1729
Publication Date: 2004/06/01
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Terrestrial Radio Communications
802.11 WLAN,  media access control,  quality of service,  network performance,  

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This paper considers the problem of providing relative service differentiation in IEEE 802.11 Wireless LAN by using different Medium Access Control (MAC) parameters for different service classes. We present an analytical model which predicts the saturation throughput of IEEE 802.11 Distributed Coordination Function with multiple classes of service. This model allows us to show that relative service differentiation can be achieved by varying the initial contention window alone. In this case, the saturation throughput of a station can be shown to be approximately inversely proportional to the initial contention window size being used by that station. The simulation results validate our analytical model.