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In this paper, a comprehensive overview of the new features of an upcoming new standard IEEE 802.11e to support Quality of Service (QoS) in Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) is presented. We address Medium Access Control (MAC) enhancements found in the current 802.11e draft specification by emphasizing the differences from the legacy 802.11 standard. New(More)
IEEE 802.11e Medium Access Control (MAC) is an emerging supplement to the IEEE 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) standard to support Quality-of-Service (QoS). The 802.11e MAC is based on both centrally-controlled and contention-based channel accesses. In this paper, we evaluate the contention-based channel access mechanism, called enhanced(More)
Description: Throughout the next decade, 802 wireless systems will become an integral part of fourth generation (4G) cellular communication systems, where the convergence of wireless and cellular networks will materialize through support of interworking and seamless roaming across dissimilar wireless and cellular radio access technologies. IEEE 802 Wireless(More)
—One of the reasons for the limitation of bandwidth in current generation wireless networks is the spectrum policy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). But, with the spectrum policy reform, open spectrum wireless networks, and spectrum agile radios are set to drive next general wireless networks. In this paper, we investigate continuous-time(More)
— The opening up of the unlicensed bands for commercial use has been a tremendous success. Wireless communications in computing, mobile, medical and consumer electronics market segments have grown rapidly in the past few years. Due to this success, radio resources in the unlicensed bands are progressively becoming scarce. Recently, the Spectrum Policy Task(More)
— Radio spectrum allocation is undergoing radical rethinking. Regulators, government agencies, industry and the research community recently established many initiatives for new spectrum policies and seek approaches to more efficiently manage the radio spectrum. In this paper, we are examining new approaches , namely, spectrum agile radios, for opportunistic(More)
The upcoming IEEE 802.11e is an extension of the 802.11 Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) standard. We use this new standard with its priority provisioning mechanism to address fairness issues that occur when geographically co-located WLANs share the radio channel in the so-called Overlapping Basic Service Set environment. By allowing a new mechanism that(More)