Indoor Experimental Evaluation of the QoE-Oriented Wireless LAN with Dynamic Network Reconfiguration

Kazuto YANO
Hirotsugu YAMAMOTO
Yoshizo TANAKA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B    No.2    pp.507-522
Publication Date: 2016/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3137
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Terrestrial Wireless Communication/Broadcasting Technologies
QoE satisfaction,  admission control,  network reconfiguration,  throughput prediction,  wireless LAN,  indoor experiment,  

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We have proposed a quality of experience (QoE)-oriented wireless local area network (WLAN) to provide sufficient QoE to important application flows. Unlike ordinary IEEE 802.11 WLAN, the proposed QoE-oriented WLAN dynamically performs admission control with the aid of the prediction of a “loadable capacity” criterion. This paper proposes an algorithm for dynamic network reconfiguration by centralized control among multiple basic service sets (BSSs) of the QoE-oriented WLAN, in order to maximize the number of traffic flows whose QoE requirements can be satisfied. With the proposed dynamic reconfiguration mechanism, stations (STAs) can change access point (AP) to connect. The operating frequency channel of a BSS also can be changed. These controls are performed according to the current channel occupancy rate of each BSS and the required radio resources to satisfy the QoE requirement of the traffic flow that is not allowed to transmit its data by the admission control. The effectiveness of the proposed dynamic network reconfiguration is evaluated through indoor experiments with assuming two cases. One is a 14-node experiment with QoE-oriented WLAN only, and the other is a 50-node experiment where the ordinary IEEE 802.11 WLAN and the QoE-oriented WLAN coexist. The experiment confirms that the QoE-oriented WLAN can significantly increase the number of traffic flows that satisfy their QoE requirements, total utility of network, and QoE-satisfied throughput, which is the system throughput contributing to satisfy the QoE requirement of traffic flows. It is also revealed that the QoE-oriented WLAN can protect the traffic flows in the ordinary WLAN if the border of the loadable capacity is properly set even in the environment where the hidden terminal problem occurs.