WLAN Channel Selection Without Communication
Leith, D. J. and Clifford, P. and Malone, D.W. (2012) WLAN Channel Selection Without Communication. Computer Networks, 56 (4). pp. 1424-1441. ISSN 1389-1286
In this paper we consider how a group of wireless access-points can self-configure their channel choice so as to avoid interference between one another and thereby maximise network capacity. We make the observation that communication between access points is not necessary, although it is a feature of almost all published channel allocation algorithms. We argue that this observation is of key practical importance as, except in special circumstances, interfering WLANs need not all lie in the same administrative domain and/or may be beyond wireless communication distance (although within interference distance). We demonstrate the feasibility of the communicationfree paradigm via a new class of decentralized algorithms that are simple, robust and provably correct for arbitrary interference graphs. The algorithm requires only standard hardware and we demonstrate its effectiveness via experimental measurements.
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