A Proposal of Access Point Selection Method Based on Cooperative Movement of Both Access Points and Users

Ryo HAMAMOTO  Tutomu MURASE  Chisa TAKANO  Hiroyasu OBATA  Kenji ISHIDA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E98-D   No.12   pp.2048-2059
Publication Date: 2015/12/01
Publicized: 2015/09/15
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.2015PAP0001
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Parallel and Distributed Computing and Networking)
Category: Wireless System
mobile AP,  AP selection,  throughput,  AP cooperative,  moving,  

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In recent times, wireless Local Area Networks (wireless LANs) based on the IEEE 802.11 standard have been spreading rapidly, and connecting to the Internet using wireless LANs has become more common. In addition, public wireless LAN service areas, such as train stations, hotels, and airports, are increasing and tethering technology has enabled smartphones to act as access points (APs). Consequently, there can be multiple APs in the same area. In this situation, users must select one of many APs. Various studies have proposed and evaluated many AP selection methods; however, existing methods do not consider AP mobility. In this paper, we propose an AP selection method based on cooperation among APs and user movement. Moreover, we demonstrate that the proposed method dramatically improves throughput compared to an existing method.