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Point Coordination Function WLAN Traffic Loadings

CI Ani, E Otavboruo

Abstract


The current proliferation of Internet and the advancements in its technology contributed significantly in the gradual shift from wired LANs to wireless LANs (WLANs). WLAN’s ability to provide high capacity links, mobility and low acquisition cost played considerable positive role in its popularity. The operation of WLAN in Nigeria is associated with excessive traffic loading that adversely influence its performance since bandwidth is usually very limited. Achievement of satisfactory performance standard under this condition requires thorough analysis of traffic loadings on WLAN. Therefore, in this work, WLAN performance analysis under traffic loadings is presented. Influence of traffic loadings on WLAN quality of service (QoS) parameters was analyzed using computer simulation modeling technique. It was shown that the operation of WLAN is highly influenced by the intensity of traffic that it supports. The relationships between the network quality of service (QoS) parameters and traffic loading for specified values of resources were determined. A useful control tool was derived from the relationships for the determination of the optimum traffic loadings in a point coordination function (PCF) WLAN.



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