Contention and Traffic Load-Aware Association in IEEE 802.11 WLANs: Algorithms and Implementation
Efficient association of a station with the appropriate access point has always been a challenging problem. The standard approach of considering only the Received Signal Strength, has recently been substituted by more efficient schemes that consider channel conditions, cell population etc. However, in spite of the large variety of approaches, several factors that determine to a large extent user throughput after association with an access point have been overlooked. The authors devise an association protocol suite, through which messages containing the information above are passed between the AP and the user to support association decisions for the uplink and downlink.