Practical Rate Adaptation in Mobile Environments

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Executive Summary

Channel asymmetry and high fluctuation of channel conditions are two salient characteristics of wireless channels in mobile environments. Therefore, when using IEEE 802.11 devices in mobile environments such as vehicular networks, it is critical to have an effective rate adaptation scheme that can deal with these issues. In this paper, the authors propose a practical rate adaptation scheme called RAM (Rate Adaptation in Mobile environments) and implement it in the Madwifi device driver. RAM uses a receiver-based approach to handle channel asymmetry and a conservative SNR prediction algorithm to deal with high channel fluctuation.

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