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A Novel Scheduled Power Saving Mechanism for 802.11 Wireless LANs
October 2009 (vol. 8 no. 10)
pp. 1368-1383
Yong He, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Ruixi Yuan, Tsinghua University, Beijing
Power conservation is a general concern for mobile computing and communication. In this paper, we investigate the performance of the current 802.11 power saving mechanism (unscheduled PSM) and identify that background network traffic can have a significant impact on the power consumption of mobile stations. To improve power efficiency, a novel scheduled PSM protocol based on time slicing is proposed in this paper. The protocol adopts the mechanism of time division, schedules the access point to deliver pending data at designated time slices, and adaptively adjusts the power state of the mobile stations. The proposed scheme is near theoretical optimal for power saving. It greatly reduces the effect of background traffic, minimizes the station idle time, and maximizes its energy utilization. Comprehensive analysis and simulations are conducted to evaluate the new protocol. The results show that the new protocol provides significant energy saving over the unscheduled PSM, particularly in circumstances where multiple traffic streams coexist in a network. Moreover, it achieves the saving at the cost of only a slight degradation of the one-way-delay performance.

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Index Terms:
IEEE 802.11, power saving, multicast.
Citation:
Yong He, Ruixi Yuan, "A Novel Scheduled Power Saving Mechanism for 802.11 Wireless LANs," IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 1368-1383, Oct. 2009, doi:10.1109/TMC.2009.53
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