Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
It has been known that the throughput of the 802.11 WLAN is much smaller than the nominal bit rate offered when attempting to connect to an access point. A user may discover the quality of service offered by an access point only after taking the decision of which of the access points to connect to. In fact, the actual throughput of a user is a function of not only his channel state but also of that of the other connected users. This could likely lead to congestion and overload conditions in the Access Point (AP) in question (which offers the best signal strength) and all users would lose.