Video-Aware Rate Adaptation for MIMO WLANs

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Executive Summary

The IEEE 802.11n standard supports very high physical layer data rates using Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antenna technologies. Despite such high rates, High Definition (HD) video streaming is still challenging in WLAN deployments. In this paper, the authors show that the wireless channel probing overhead of existing 802.11n data rate adaptation mechanisms can be detrimental to HD video performance. They propose VARA, a Video-Aware Rate Adaptation protocol that addresses this problem by adapting the frequency and timing of wireless probing to both video encoding rate variations and wireless channel variations.

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