Springer Science+Business Media
In this paper, the authors consider the realization of networks using the Gigabits Passive Optical Network (GPON) and the infrastructure-based Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN). The bottleneck of such hybrid system is the WLAN where interference limits the performance. As such, they focus on enhancing the WLAN performance by analytically deriving the optimum Contention Window (CW) sizes of Access Points (APs) and Wireless Users (WUs), respectively. An adjustable transmission priority factor is introduced to allow uplink-downlink transmission fairness. Further, an adaptive back off technique using information from monitoring the GPON and WLAN networks is proposed. Simulations show the CW sizes of all WUs are maintained within a standard deviation of 1.5% at a cost of a 3% loss in throughput due to the effect of convergence and other estimates.