Hybrid rate control for IEEE 802.11

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Hybrid rate control for IEEE 802.11
Streaming multimedia content in real-time over a wireless link is a challenging task because of the rapid fluctuations in link conditions that can occur due to movement, interference, and so on. The popular IEEE 802.11 standard includes low-level tuning parameters like the transmission rate. Standard device drivers for today’s wireless products are based on gathering statistics, and consequently, adapt rather slowly to changes in conditions. To meet the strict latency requirements of streaming applications, we designed and implemented an advanced control algorithm that uses signal-strength (SNR) information to achieve fast responses. Since SNR readings are quite noisy we do not use that information to directly control the rate setting, but rather as a safeguard limiting the range of feasible settings to choose from. We report on real-time experiments involving two laptops equipped with IEEE 802.11a wireless interface cards. The results show that using SNR information greatly enhanc...
Ivaylo Haratcherev, Koen Langendoen, Reginald L. L
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Updated 30 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2004
Authors Ivaylo Haratcherev, Koen Langendoen, Reginald L. Lagendijk, Henk J. Sips
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