Information Exchange for Enhanced Network Selection

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Executive Summary

Current devices use a network selection policy that is mostly driven by the physical layer, choosing the point of attachment with the highest Received Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI). Unfortunately for 802.11 networks, RSSI is not a good indicator of actual network performance as it is normally the bandwidth to the Internet and not the wireless signal conditions which dictates the quality of service a user might experience. Worse, the AP may belong to a pay service which renders it inaccessible to the user.

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