NAPman: Network-Assisted Power Management for WiFi Devices

Date Added: Jun 2010
Format: PDF

WiFi radios in smart-phones consume a significant amount of power when active. The 802.11 standard allows these devices to save power through an energy-conserving Power Save Mode (PSM). However, depending on the PSM implementation strategies used by the clients/Access Points (APs), the authors find competing background traffic results in one or more of the following negative consequences: a significant increase, up to 300%, in a client's energy consumption, a decrease in wireless network capacity due to unnecessary retransmissions, and unfairness. In this paper, they propose NAPman: Network-Assisted Power Management for WiFi devices that addresses the above issues.