Idle Mode for Deep Power Save in IEEE 802.11 WLANs

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Executive Summary

Along with the wide acceptance of IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), new applications such as Internet Protocol (IP) telephony over WLAN are fast emerging today. For battery-powered IP phone devices, the life time extension is a key concern for the market acceptance while today's 802.11 is not optimized for such an operation. In this paper, the authors propose a novel Idle Mode operation, which comprises paging, idle handoff, and delayed handoff. Under the idle mode operation, a Mobile Host (MH) without any active session does not need to perform handoff within a predefined Paging Area (PA). Only when it enters a new PA, an idle handoff is performed. The proposed idle mode allows an MH without traffic to extend its life time.

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