Handover Incentives: Revised Model With Extensions for Uplink Traffic

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Focusing in competitive environments where each party acts in its own self-interest and not towards a common goal, the objective of this paper is to investigate the incentives that can trigger handovers of wireless nodes that operate at low rates to neighboring access points that operate in the same channel but belong to other networks. The handovers address the well-known problem in IEEE 802.11 networks, that the assignment of low-rate and high-rate users to the same access point significantly degrades the performance of the high-rate users. This fact gives rise to incentives for performing handovers, due solely to the improved performance handovers yield for both wireless networks.