Access Point Selection Under Emerging Wireless Technologies
Users of wireless networks increasingly face a choice among multiple available access points. Clients generally make this decision with limited information about the access points or traffic trends in the system. The authors examine the strategic implications of an emerging wireless technology: utilizing multiple Access Points (APs) simultaneously. Clients using this technology require up-to-date information about the expected delays at available APs, which can be obtained through active probing. The authors model this scenario as a load balancing game, augmented to incorporate abstractions of these two technologies.