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The de facto QoS channel access method for the IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs is the Enhanced Distributed Channel Access (EDCA) mechanism, which differentiates transmission treatments for data frames belonging to different traffic categories with four different levels of channel access priority. In this paper, the authors propose extending EDCA with Channel Access Throttling (CAT) for more flexible and efficient QoS support. By assigning different member stations different channel access parameters, CAT differentiates channel access priorities not between traffic categories but between member stations. Then by dynamically changing the channel access parameters of each member station based on a pre-computed schedule, CAT enables EDCA WLANs the benefits of scheduled access QoS.
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