publication . Conference object . 2017

Impact of cell load on 5GHz IEEE 802.11 WLAN

Mamun Abu-Tair; Saleem N. Bhatti;
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  • Published: 27 Mar 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
We have conducted an empirical study of the latest 5GHz IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN (WLAN) variants of 802.11n (5GHz) and 802.11ac (Wave 1), under different cell load conditions. We have considered typical configurations of both protocols on a Linux testbed. Under light load,there is no clear difference between 802.11n and 802.11ac in terms of performance and energy consumption. However, in some cases of high cell load, we have found that there may be a small advantage with 802.11ac. Overall, we conclude that there may be little benefit in upgrading from 802.11n (5GHz) to 802.11ac in its current offering, as the benefits may be too small. Postprint
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free text keywords: QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science, TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering, NDAS, QA75, TK, Throughput, IEEE 802.11w-2009, IEEE 802.11, Testbed, Server, IEEE 802.11e-2005, IEEE 802.1X, Energy consumption, Computer network, business.industry, business, Computer science
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