Mobility

Enhancing the Performance of TCP Over Wi-Fi Power Saving Mechanisms

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Executive Summary

The Wi-Fi technology is quickly being adopted by new types of devices that pose stringent requirements in terms of energy efficiency. In order to address these requirements the IEEE 802.11 group developed in the recent years several power saving protocols, that are today widely used among devices like smartphones. In this paper the authors study, by means of analysis and simulation, the effect that these power saving protocols have on the performance/energy trade-off experienced by long lived TCP traffic. Their study unveils that the efficiency of Wi-Fi power saving protocols critically depends on the bottleneck bandwidth experienced by a TCP connection.

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