Energy-conservation in 802.11 WLANs via Transmission-strategy-aware Airtime Allocation
In a typical 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), different wireless stations may communicate with the Access Point (AP) with different transmission rates, transmit-power levels, and data payload sizes. Such phenomenon is often referred to as transmission-strategy diversity. In this paper, the authors study the energy-conservation problem in 802.11 WLANs in the presence of transmission-strategy diversity. This problem is addressed from a unique angle - the system-level fairness which is quite different from most of current research that focuses on improving the performance of each individual wireless station. To emphasize fair energy consumption among contending stations, the authors introduce a new fairness notion, called energy-conservation fairness, which is in sharp contrast to the conventional throughput fairness and airtime fairness.