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Efficient MAC Protocol for Subcarrier-Wise Rate Adaptation Over WLAN

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Executive Summary

While bit-loading algorithms over wireless systems have been extensively studied, the development of a protocol which implements bit-loading-based rate adaptation over wireless systems has not been highlighted. The design of such a protocol is not a trivial problem, due to the overhead associated with the feedback information. In this paper, a novel protocol is proposed to provide an efficient way to implement subcarrier-wise rate adaptation in OFDM-based wireless systems. When receiving a Ready-To-Send (RTS) packet, the receiver determines the number of bits to be allocated on each subcarrier through channel estimation.

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