NAPman: Network-Assisted Power Management for WiFi Devices

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Executive Summary

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.

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