Analysis of a Polling Protocol for Packet Voice Transport over IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs

TitleAnalysis of a Polling Protocol for Packet Voice Transport over IEEE 802.11 Wireless LANs
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsLam, R. Y. W., V. C. M. Leung, and H. C. B. Chan
Conference NameVehicular Technology Conference, 2008. VTC Spring 2008. IEEE
Pagination1641 -1645
Date Publishedmay.
Keywordsaverage packet loss ratio, average reconnection failure ratio, ICF method, IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN, isochronous coordination function, isochronous voice traffic, Markov model, Markov processes, packet voice transport, polling protocol analysis, telecommunication traffic, transport protocols, voice communication, wireless LAN, wireless local area networks

In this paper we first give an overview of an isochronous coordination function (ICF) for supporting voice services over IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLANs). By emulating a dynamic TDMA-like service, ICF can reduce polling overhead while minimizing consecutive packet losses. Next we present a Markov model to analyze the average reconnection failure ratio, average packet loss ratio, and average good put of the ICF method under three different reconnection schemes. In particular close form solutions are obtained. The model can also be extended to analyze other polling-based protocols. Therefore it provides a valuable insight into the design of polling-based protocols for supporting isochronous voice traffic over WLANs.


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