Optimal collaborative access point association in wireless networks

Ouldooz Baghban Karimi, Jiangchuan Liu, Jennifer L. Rexford

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The popularity of wireless local area networks has led to a dramatic increase in the density of access points, especially in urban areas. These access points are individually owned, placed, and power-tuned for their local users and are generally oblivious to others. On the other hand, the abundance of access points that mostly share the same upstream provider, offers opportunities for optimization of association to mitigate the negative impact of the overlapped coverage. We use this opportunity to enable collaboration by using a share of each access point's bandwidth to serve non-local users and gain access to their bandwidth in return. We extend the conventional proportional fair association through sharing and collaboration among individual networks, and present centrally optimized solutions. Our performance evaluation, based on data traces collected in 100 residential locations, demonstrate the superiority of our solution, outperforming the throughput of non-collaborative optimal access by up to 140%1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE INFOCOM 2014 - IEEE Conference on Computer Communications
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781479933600
StatePublished - 2014
Event33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Apr 27 2014May 2 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
ISSN (Print)0743-166X


Other33rd IEEE Conference on Computer Communications, IEEE INFOCOM 2014
CityToronto, ON

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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