Tuning the carrier sensing range of IEEE 802.11 MAC

Jing Deng, Ben Liang, Pramod K. Varshney

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We investigate the effects of the carrier sensing range of the IEEE 802.11 Multiple Access Control (MAC) scheme in this paper. Contrary to a simple and inaccurate cut-off circular collision model that is commonly used, we employ a more accurate collision model to realistically simulate MAC schemes in ad hoc networks. We argue that the carrier sensing range is a tunable parameter that can significantly affect the MAC performance in multihop ad hoc networks. An optimal carrier sensing range should balance the trade-off between the amount of spatial frequency reuse and the possibility of packet collisions. A reward formulation for the optimization of the carrier sensing range is presented. Extensive simulation results are provided to substantiate our study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventGLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: Nov 29 2004Dec 3 2004


OtherGLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference
CountryUnited States
CityDallas, TX

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  • Engineering(all)

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    Deng, J., Liang, B., & Varshney, P. K. (2004). Tuning the carrier sensing range of IEEE 802.11 MAC. 2987-2991. Paper presented at GLOBECOM'04 - IEEE Global Telecommunications Conference, Dallas, TX, United States.