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Throughput analysis of IEEE 802.11 and IEEE 802.11e MAC

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783 - 788
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 (WCNC 2004)
StatePublished - Nov 2004
EventWireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States


This work focuses on the throughput analysis of the IEEE 802.11 medium access control (MAC). In the IEEE 802.11 standard, the main access scheme is called the distributed coordination function (DCF) and is the basis for the other access schemes, such as the point coordination function (PCF) and the enhanced DCF (EDCF) of the new IEEE 802.11e MAC. Since the IEEE 802.11 MAC does not support quality of service (QoS), the IEEE is currently working on the final draft of an enhanced version known as the IEEE 802.11e. In this enhanced standard, QoS and service differentiations are supported. The throughput and delay performance of the DCF/PCF of the IEEE 802.11 MAC are presented for different packet lengths and different numbers of users. Throughput performances are also detailed for the EDCF.

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ISBN: 0780383443 Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Name and Venue of Conference: Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004 (WCNC 2004), Atlanta Rose publication type: Conference contribution Terms of use: Copyright © 2004 IEEE. Reprinted from Proceedings of IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004. This material is posted here with permission of the IEEE. Such permission of the IEEE does not in any way imply IEEE endorsement of any of the University of Bristol's products or services. Internal or personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution must be obtained from the IEEE by writing to By choosing to view this document, you agree to all provisions of the copyright laws protecting it.

Research areas

  • access protocols, wireless LAN, Markov processes


Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2004

Duration21 Mar 200425 Mar 2004
CityAtlanta, Georgia
CountryUnited States

Event: Conference

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