Interference of 802.11B WLAN and Bluetooth: Analysis and Performance Evaluation

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Executive Summary

IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth, these two operating in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency band are becoming more and more popular in the mobile computing world. The number of devices equipped with IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth is growing drastically. Result is the number of co-located devices, say within 10 meters, grown to a limit, so that it may causes interference issues in the 2.4 GHz radio frequency spectrum. Bluetooth supports both voice Synchronous Connection Oriented (SCO) data and Asynchronous Connection Less (ACL) packets. This paper investigates the interference issues of 2.4 GHz frequency band. In addition, this paper presents a new Bluetooth voice packet Synchronous Connection Oriented with Repeated Transmission (SCORT) scheme to optimize the performance of 2.4 GHz frequency band.

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