Wireless Networks With Retransmission Diversity and Carrier-Sense Multiple Access

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Executive Summary

Network Diversity Multiple Access protocols (NDMA) have been shown to considerably outperform previously proposed algorithms. However, several issues in their analysis remain unsolved, particularly under the assumption of imperfect collision-multiplicity detection in asymmetrical system configurations (i.e., configurations where the users have different channel and queuing statistics). To partially fill this gap, this paper presents a detailed study on stability, throughput and delay properties of asymmetrical non-blind NDMA protocols under such imperfect detection assumption. Additionally, the protocol formulation includes a carrier-sense mechanism which is found to improve system performance under finite-SNR environments and which can be useful in assessing the benefits of retransmission diversity on IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs).

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