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A New Access Point Selection Policy for Multi-Rate IEEE 802.11 WLANs
Citation key abusubaih08a_new_access
Author Abusubaih, Murad and Wiethölter, Sven and Gross, James and Wolisz, Adam
Pages 291–307
Year 2008
DOI 10.1080/17445760801930914
Journal International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems (IJPEDS)
Volume 23
Number 4
Month August
Organization A New Access Point Selection Policy for Multi-Rate IEEE 802.11 WLANs
Abstract In wireless local area networks often a station can potentially associate with more than one access point. Therefore, a relevant question is which access point to select \best" from a list of candidate ones. In IEEE 802.11, the user simply associates to the access point with the strongest received signal strength. However, this may result in a significant load imbalance between several access points. Moreover, the multi-rate exibility provided by several IEEE 802.11 variants can cause low bit rate stations to negatively affect high bit rate ones and consequently degrade the overall network throughput. This paper investigates the various aspects of \best" access point selection for IEEE 802.11 systems. In detail, we first derive a new decision metric which can be used for AP selection. Using this metric we propose two new selection mechanisms which are decentralized in the sense that the decision is performed by each station, given appropriate status information of each access point. In fact, only few bytes of status information have to be added to the beacon and probe response frames which does not impose significant overhead. We show that our mechanism improves mean quality of service of all stations and better utilizes network resources compared to the conventional one implemented today in IEEE 802.11 devices. Also, the schemes are appealing in terms of stability and provide their performance improvement even for denser or lighter network configurations.
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Wiethölter, S. and Emmelmann, M. "Modeling Handover from the Access Networks Perspective", in Modeling and Tools for Network Simulation, pp. 341–356, March, 2010.

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de Baynast, A., Bohge, M., Willkomm, D. and Gross, J. "Physical Layer Modeling", in Modeling and Tools for Network Simulation, pp. 135–172, March, 2010.

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Hernández, J. A., López, V., García Dorado, J. L., Nejabati, R., Overby, H., Rostami, A., Vlachos, K. and Zervas, G. "Optical burst switching", in Enabling Optical Internet with Advanced Network Technologies, pp. 87-130, 2009.

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Emmelmann, M., Rathke, B. and Wolisz, A. "Mobility Support for Wireless PAN, LAN and MAN", in Mobile WiMAX: Toward Broadband Wireless Metropolitan Area, 2007.

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Sgroi, M., Wolisz, A., Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, A. and Rabaey, J. M. "A Service-Based Universal Application Interface for Ad Hoc Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks", in Ambient intelligence, 2005.

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Book chapters (incollection)

Happ, D., Karowski, N., Menzel, T., Handziski, V. and Wolisz, A. "Enabling Cloud-centric IoT with Publish/subscribe Systems", in Internet of Things: Challenges, Advances and Applications, pp. 195–212, January, 2018.

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Budzisz, Ł. and Wolisz, A. "Home and enterprise networks", in Green Communications: Priciples, Concepts and Practice, May, 2015.

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Zubow, A., Fischer, J., Redlich, J.-P., Scheuermann, B., Schiller, J., Günes, M., Nagel, K., Wagner, P., Scheidgen, M., Eveslage, I., Sombrutzki, R. and Juraschek, F. "From Earthquake Detection to Traffic Surveillance – About Information and Communication Infrastructures for Smart Cities", in System Analysis and Modeling: Theory and Practice, vol. 7744, pp. 121–141, 2013.

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Ergin, M. O., Baydere, S., Cayirci, E., Hacioglu, I., Ollero, A., Maza, I., Viguria, A., Bonnet, P. and Lijding, M. "Applications and Application Scenarios", in Cooperating Embedded Systems and Wireless Sensor Networks (ISTE), 2010.

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Woesner, H., Maier, M. and Wolisz, A. "Comparison of Single-Hop and Multihop AWG-Based WDM Networks", in Next Generation Optical Network Design and Modelling, pp. 51–65, 2003.

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Kubisch, M., Karl, H. and Wolisz, A. "Are Classes of Nodes with Different Power Amplifiers Good for Wireless Multi-hop Networks?", in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 2775, pp. 841 - 846, 2003.

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Wolisz, A. "Information Access is Fine, But Who is Going to Pay", in New Developments in Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems, pp. 149–160, September, 2001.

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Wolisz, A. "Wireless Internet Architectures: Selected Issues", in Personal Wireless Communications, pp. 1–16, September, 2000. (Invited Paper)

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Woesner, H. "Primenet - A Concept for a WDM-based Fiber Backbone", in Optical Network Design and Modelling, pp. 98–106, April, 1998.

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Röhl, C., Woesner, H. and Wolisz, A. "A Short Look on Power Saving Mechanisms in the Wireless LAN Standard IEEE 802.11", in Advances in Wireless Communications, pp. 219–226, April, 1998.

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Ebert, J.-P., Holtkamp, R., Wolisz, A. and Ramel, L. "A Distributed Media Access Control for Wireless ATM Environments", in Advances in Wireless Communications, pp. 93–108, April, 1998.

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Willig, A. and Schieferdecker, I. "Specifying and Verifying the Steam Boiler Control System with Time Extended LOTOS", in The Steam Boiler Case Study Book, November, 1996.

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Schulzrinne, H., Smirnov, M., Roth, R. and Wolisz, A. "IP Multicasting over ATM: The Multicube Approach", in Global Information Infrastructure (GII) Evolution. Interworking Issues, pp. 181–190, October, 1996.

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Wolisz, A., Schläger, M., Weinmiller, J. and Woesner, H. "Wireless access to high speed networks", in High-Speed Networking for Multimedia Applications, pp. 361–381, June, 1996.

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