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The authors investigate Link Quality Metrics (LQMs) based on Mutual Information (MI) for Fast Link Adaptation (FLA) in IEEE 802.11n Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) with convolutional coding and higher order modulations. The LQMs are scalar quantities that map the receiver's post-decoding behaviour in a frequency-selective channel into an equivalent behaviour in an AWGN channel. From this metric the expected Packet Error Rate (PER) can be predicted. Two LQMs are presented that are derived from the SINRs of all sub-carriers and streams: the effective SNR and the effective mutual information. The effective mutual information is the mean mutual information including a correction factor which improves the PER estimation accuracy in various highly frequency-selective channels.
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