Handover Incentives for WLANs With Overlapping Coverage

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Executive Summary

It is well known that in IEEE 802.11 networks, the assignment of low-rate and high-rate users to the same access point significantly degrades the performance of the high-rate users. The authors' objective is to investigate the implications of the above performance degradation on the incentives for handover between 802.11 wireless local area networks with overlapping coverage. Their focus is on the incentives for supporting handovers, due solely to the improved performance handovers yield for both wireless networks. To study the phenomenon and estimate the potential gain of such handovers, they propose a simple model that predicts the throughput of each access point in different cases.

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