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Fading Effects on the Lower Shifting of Mode Switching Thresholds in the Rate Adaptive IEEE 802.11a/g WLANs

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In this paper we used the probability distribution of the average channel gain of the fading channel to analyze the degree of fading effects on both the PER (packet error rate) and the throughput in OFDM systems. Instead of solely examining the average received SNR (signal-to-noise ratio) value of a packet, considering the whole distribution of the average received SNR allows us to aggregate a better selection of the mode switching thresholds in the rate adaptive 802.11 a/g WLAN. This paper demonstrates that the set of mode switching thresholds can be determined for each individual target , so that the optimal throughput performance is obtained on a per target basis. Numerical results show that mode switching thresholds should be reduced with the lowering of target values. This conclusion could have significant implications for improving the performances of location (distance)-dependent mobile applications, since the determinations of target values are closely related to the distances between mobile devices and the access point.

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C. Dou and L. Wang, "Fading Effects on the Lower Shifting of Mode Switching Thresholds in the Rate Adaptive IEEE 802.11a/g WLANs," International Journal of Communications, Network and System Sciences, Vol. 3 No. 8, 2010, pp. 655-667. doi: 10.4236/ijcns.2010.38088.

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