Differentiating Contention Window for Fairness of Uplink and Downlink in Error-Prone IEEE 802.11 WLAN

Kyungkoo JUN  

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IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E96-B   No.2   pp.660-663
Publication Date: 2013/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E96.B.660
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: LETTER
Category: Wireless Communication Technologies
Keyword: 
fairness,  802.11 WLAN,  contention window,  error-prone,  DCF,  

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Summary: 
This paper proposes a scheme for fairness between uplink and downlink in error-prone 802.11 DCF WLANs by differentiating the contention window of AP. While existing schemes consider only collision, the proposed scheme takes into account packet error due to poor channel condition, too. Instead of complex analytical models based on Markov chain processes, a simpler model based on mean value analysis is proposed. It works on 802.11 DCF and so avoids being dependent on TXOP which lacks applicability. A performance evaluation shows that the proposed method can achieve fairness even in error-prone environments without decrease of total throughput when compared with existing schemes.