An 802.11k Compliant Framework for Cooperative Handoff in Wireless Networks
© George Athanasiou et al. 2009
Received: 17 November 2008
Accepted: 9 July 2009
Published: 6 September 2009
In IEEE 802.11-based wireless networks, the stations (STAs) are associated with the available access points (APs) and communicate through them. In traditional handoff schemes, the STAs get information about the active APs in their neighborhood by scanning the available channels and listening to transmitted beacons. This paper proposes an 802.11k compliant framework for cooperative handoff where the STAs are informed about the active APs by exchanging information with neighboring STAs. Besides, the APs share useful information that can be used by the STAs in a handoff process. In this way, we minimize the delay of the scanning procedure. We evaluate the performance of our mechanisms through OPNET simulations. We demonstrate that our scheme reduces the scanning delay up to 92%. Consequently, our system is more capable in meeting the needs of QoS-sensitive applications.
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