Throughput analysis of IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.11e MAC

A Doufexi, AR Nix, DR Bull, PL Ferre

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This work focuses on the throughput analysis of the IEEE 802.11 medium access control (MAC). In the IEEE 802.11 standard, the main access scheme is called the distributed coordination function (DCF) and is the basis for the other access schemes, such as the point coordination function (PCF) and the enhanced DCF (EDCF) of the new IEEE 802.11e MAC. Since the IEEE 802.11 MAC does not support quality of service (QoS), the IEEE is currently working on the final draft of an enhanced version known as the IEEE 802.11e. In this enhanced standard, QoS and service differentiations are supported. The throughput and delay performance of the DCF/PCF of the IEEE 802.11 MAC are presented for different packet lengths and different numbers of users. Throughput performances are also detailed for the EDCF.
Translated title of the contributionThroughput analysis of IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.11e MAC
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783 - 788
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 (WCNC 2004)
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
EventWireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Duration: 21 Mar 200425 Mar 2004

Bibliographical note

ISBN: 0780383443
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Name and Venue of Conference: Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 (WCNC 2004), Atlanta
Rose publication type: Conference contribution

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  • access protocols
  • wireless LAN
  • Markov processes


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