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Issue No. 12 - December (2010 vol. 9)
ISSN: 1536-1233
pp: 1713-1731
Srinivasan Seshan , Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Michael Kaminsky , Intel Labs, Pittsburgh
Ben Greenstein , Intel Labs, Seattle
Jeffrey Pang , Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Damon McCoy , University of California, San Diego
ABSTRACT
Wi-Fi clients can obtain much better performance at some commercial hot spots than others. Unfortunately, there is currently no way for users to determine which hot spot access points (APs) will be sufficient to run their applications before purchasing access. To address this problem, this paper presents Wifi-Reports, a collaborative service that provides Wi-Fi clients with historical information about AP performance and application support. The key research challenge in Wifi-Reports is to obtain accurate user-submitted reports. This is challenging because two conflicting goals must be addressed in a practical system: preserving the privacy of users' reports and limiting fraudulent reports. We introduce a practical cryptographic protocol that achieves both goals, and address the important engineering challenges in building Wifi-Reports. Using a measurement study of APs in a busy commercial district, we show that Wifi-Reports would improve the performance over previous AP selection approaches in 30-60 percent of locations.
INDEX TERMS
Privacy, anonymity, wireless, reputation, 802.11.
CITATION
Srinivasan Seshan, Michael Kaminsky, Ben Greenstein, Jeffrey Pang, Damon McCoy, "Wifi-Reports: Improving Wireless Network Selection with Collaboration", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, vol. 9, no. , pp. 1713-1731, December 2010, doi:10.1109/TMC.2010.151
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