Modelling IEEE 802.11 DCF heterogeneous networks with rayleigh fading and capture

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IEEE Transactions on Communications, 2013, 61 (8), pp. 3336 - 3348
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In practical radio transmissions, bit error and channel capture are two dominating factors that affect wireless network performance. Previous models have omitted the interaction between bit error and channel capture. We present a homogeneous-network performance-prediction model for a Rayleigh fading channel that incorporates both the capture effect and transmission error into a 3-D Markov Chain. We accurately characterise the interaction between packet error and capture by incorporating them both into the model of the receiver operations. We show how the model can be solved efficiently. The model provides quality of service measures, including packet delay and loss, which are difficult to achieve with other models. Simulation results confirm that our 3-D model accurately predicts the performance for practical SNRs and receiver sensitivities. We demonstrate that our model can be directly applied to call admission control of Voice over IP service with a QoS guarantee in a WiFi network. The model is then extended to heterogeneous networks, where different stations have different packet arrival rates and packet sizes. © 1972-2012 IEEE.
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