802.11b Performance Evaluation

Y. Zahur, M. Doctor, S. Davari, T.A. Yang (USA)


Wireless LAN, IEEE 802.11b, Performance Evaluation


In this paper, the impact of various key parameters on the actual performance of 802.11b wireless LAN protocol is verified by a series of controlled experiments. Overall, four sets of independent experiments were conducted to test the respective effect of one or more parameters on the performance of the 802.11b network. The parameters considered in our experiments included distance and power, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP), Fragmentation Threshold Setting (FTS), and Request To Send / Clear To Send (RTS/CTS). Lessons that we have learned from the series of experiments are discussed in the paper.

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