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An investigation of the coexistence of 802.11g WLAN and high data rate Bluetooth enabled consumer electronic devices in indoor home and office environments

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)587 - 596
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Journal issue3
StatePublished - Aug 2003


The anticipated proliferation of various wireless local area network (WLAN) enabled devices in the near future is likely to result in increased mutual interference in the 2.45 GHz Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) band. This work investigates the impact of standard Bluetooth and enhanced Bluetooth interference on 802.11g enabled consumer electronic devices and vice versa. Technical designs for Bluetooth, enhanced Bluetooth and 802.11g systems implemented in software are first presented. Issues involved in modelling the interferer(s) within typical indoor home and office environments are: discussed in detail. Packet error rate (PER) vs. carrier to noise ratio (CNR) plots for different carrier to interference ratios (CIR) are presented. Techniques used to improve the performance of 802.11g and HDR Bluetooth systems in the presence of interference are discussed in detail as a conclusion to this paper.

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Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Rose publication type: Journal article Sponsorship: A.K. Arumugam wishes to thank the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), UK for the financial support provided by the Robinson Research Fellowship in 2001 and 2002. Terms of use: Copyright © 2003 IEEE. Reprinted from IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. 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

  • WLAN, 802.11g, Bluetooth, interference

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