Networking

A Novel Association Policy for Web Browsing in a Multirate WLAN

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Executive Summary

The authors obtain an association policy for STAs in an IEEE 802.11 WLAN by taking into account explicitly two aspects of practical importance: TCP-controlled short file downloads interspersed with read times (motivated by web browsing), and different STAs associated with an AP at possibly different rates (depending on distance from the AP). Simulations indicate that for a web-browsing type traffic scenario, EDA outperforms other policies that have been proposed earlier; the extent of improvement ranges from 12.8% to 46.4% for a 9-AP network. To the best of their knowledge, this is the first work that proposes an association policy tailored specifically for web browsing.

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