Quick Data-Retrieving for U-APSD in IEEE802.11e WLAN Networks

Yasuhiko YASUDA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E89-A    No.7    pp.1919-1929
Publication Date: 2006/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e89-a.7.1919
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Multi-dimensional Mobile Information Networks)
wireless LAN,  IEEE802.11e,  U-APSD,  buffering delay,  

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The IEEE802.11e is a standard developed by a Task Group E of the IEEE802.11 working group and defines a MAC protocol, which provides EDCA (enhanced distributed channel access) and HCCA (HCF controlled channel access) to support differentiation service over WLAN (wireless LAN). In IEEE802.11e WLAN, real-time application such as VoIP (Voice over IP) can have more chances to access the WM (wireless medium) than non real-time application. In addition to QoS support in WLAN, power consumption is a critical issue when WLAN is used in handheld devices. For power saving in the use of real-time applications like VoIP under EDCA, U-APSD (Unscheduled Automatic Power Save Delivery) was proposed in [2] and [4]. In fact, it can save power consumption and works well when it is used for bi-directional voice connections generated at constant bit rate. However, when it is used for real-time applications like ON-OFF traffic, buffering delay at AP (access point) increases. To reduce the buffering delay, this paper proposes two mechanisms. Simulation results show that they can alleviate buffering delay generated at AP.