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A New MAC Protocol with Pseudo-TDMA Behavior for Supporting Quality of Service in 802.11 Wireless LANs

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EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20062006:065836

Received: 21 June 2005

Accepted: 28 November 2005

Published: 19 March 2006


A new medium access control (MAC) protocol is proposed for quality-of-service (QoS) support in wireless local area networks (WLAN). The protocol is an alternative to the recent enhancement 802.11e. A new priority policy provides the system with better performance by simulating time division multiple access (TDMA) functionality. Collisions are reduced and starvation of low-priority classes is prevented by a distributed admission control algorithm. The model performance is found analytically extending previous work on this matter. The results show that a better organization of resources is achieved through this scheme. Throughput analysis is verified with OPNET simulations.


  • Information System
  • Model Performance
  • Access Control
  • Control Algorithm
  • Medium Access Control


Authors’ Affiliations

Wireless Telecommunications Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, Kato Kastritsi, Patras, Greece
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece


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© Georgios S. Paschos et al. 2006

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