Networking

Detecting Selfish Exploitation of Carrier Sensing in 802.11 Networks

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Executive Summary

Recently, tuning the Clear Channel Assessment (CCA) threshold in conjunction with power control has been considered for improving the performance of Wireless LANs. However, CCA tuning can be exploited by selfish nodes in order to obtain an unfair share of the available bandwidth. In particular, by increasing the CCA threshold, a selfish client can manipulate the carrier sensing mechanism to ignore the presence of other transmissions on the medium; consequently, it increases the probability of accessing the medium and therefore obtains a higher, unfair share of the available bandwidth. This paper proposes a novel approach to detect this misbehavior in WLANs.

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