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Quality time [QoS in 802.11e]

Guy, C. (2005) Quality time [QoS in 802.11e]. Communications Engineer, 3 (1). pp. 36-39. ISSN 1479-8352

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1049/ce:20050108

Abstract/Summary

Wireless local area networks (WLANs) based on the IEEE 802.11 standard are now widespread. Most are used to provide access for mobile devices to a conventional wired infrastructure, and some are used where wires are not possible, forming an ad hoc network of their own. There are several varieties at the physical or radio layer (802.11, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g), with each featuring different data rates, modulation schemes and transmission frequencies. However, all of them share a common medium access control (MAC) layer. As this is largely based on a contention approach, it does not allow prioritising of traffic or stations, so it cannot easily provide the quality of service (QoS) required by time-sensitive applications, such as voice or video transmission. In order to address this shortfall of the technology, the IEEE set up a task group that is aiming to enhance the MAC layer protocol so that it can provide QoS. The latest draft at the time of writing is Draft 11, dated October 2004. The article describes the yet-to-be-ratified 802.11e standard and is based on that draft.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science
ID Code:27717
Publisher:Institution of Engineering and Technology

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