A Pragmatic Approach to Clear Channel Assessment Threshold Adaptation and Transmission Power Control For Performance Gain in CSMA/CA WLANs

William Jones, R. Eddie Wilson, Angela Doufexi, Mahesh Sooryiabandara

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We propose practical sets of rules for adapting Clear Channel Assessment (CCA) and Transmit Power (TP) parameters by simulating ensembles of randomly generated wireless networks and collecting throughput statistics. The rules' performances depend strongly on network topology, with increases in throughput in many cases. However, networks with a high clustering coefficient are often adversely effected by the adaptations. But simulations of small-scale networks show that apparently adverse adaptations may still yield benefits for uneven demand combinations. Finally, we have found that throughput is not usually correlated with the number of hidden or exposed nodes in any non-trivial network set-up.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-275
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020



  • Network
  • Wireless
  • Capacity region
  • Simulation
  • Modelling

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