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Network Cooperation for Client-AP Association Optimization

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Executive Summary

In a WiFi deployment with multiple access points, optimizing the way each client selects an AP from amongst the available choices, has a significant impact on the realized performance. When two or more such multi-AP networks are deployed in the same region, APs from different networks can cause severe interference to one another. In this paper, the authors study how inter-network interference effects the intra-network association optimization and propose a cooperative optimization scheme to mitigate the interference. They model the interference between multiple overlapping WiFi deployments, determine the information that networks need to share, and formulate a non-linear program that each network can solve for optimal proportional-fair association of clients to APs.

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