Voice Over IP: Improving the Quality Over Wireless LAN by Adopting a Booster Mechanism
Source: Technische Universität Berlin
The performance of unreliable voice transmission (Voice over IP) over wireless links is measured not by the throughput but by the perceptual speech quality. The speech quality is impaired by packet losses, which are common on wireless links, and by high transmission delays. In this paper, the authors describe the design and implementation of a novel Speech Property Based Booster that improves the quality of voice over wireless LANs. This booster is in compliance with existing standards and is transparent to other protocols. It uses characteristics of human speech production and features of modern audio codecs to differentiate packets regarding the importance for perceptual quality. Important packets are protected at the link layer by three mechanisms: selective packet loss recovery, redundant transmission and a hybrid solution.