Malicious or Selfish- Analysis of Carrier Sense Misbehavior in IEEE 802.11 WLAN
The behavior of selfish users, which does not respect the backoff procedure of IEEE 802.11 WLAN, has been nicely studied in game-theoretic frameworks. However, in these studies, the effect of physical carrier sense has not been properly incorporated into the analysis. In this paper, the authors study the problem of how carrier sense misbehavior can affect network performance in addition to backoff misbehavior. Their analysis shows that a cheater can increase its throughput by ignoring the carrier sense mechanism while a well-behaved user significantly loses its throughput. Consequently, not only a malicious user, but also a selfish one is motivated to disregard the carrier sense mechanism, which will result in significant throughput degradation of well-behaved ones.