On the advantages of multi-hop extensions to the IEEE 802.11 infrastructure mode

Sathya Narayanan, Pel Liu, Shivendra S. Panwar

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IEEE 802.11 specifies two modes of operation, an infrastructure mode where nodes communicate to/through an access point, and an ad-hoc mode, where nodes communicate with each other directly. Neither mode supports multiple hop transmissions between these nodes. In this paper we present two advantages in extending 802.11 MAC to support multiple hops in the infrastructure mode. One advantage is higher available bandwidth in a multi-rate 802.11 network. IEEE 802.11 allows hosts to select different transmission rates based on the quality of the signal received by the host. Based on performance results both from analytical modeling and simulations 1, we demonstrate that the total available bandwidth can be improved by using multiple hops instead of reducing the transmission rates of nodes. We present the results in terms of both the increase in total throughput of the network and the available throughput for the forwarding node. The second advantage presented is that by using multi-hop transmissions, the power of transmission at the edges of 802.11 cells can be reduced resulting in lower interference with nodes at the edges of other 802.11 cells. This leads to a more uniform coverage, with increased throughput experienced by nodes at the cell edges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberPHY07-1
Pages (from-to)132-138
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2005: Broadband Wirelss for the Masses - Ready for Take-off - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 13 2005Mar 17 2005


  • IEEE 802.11
  • Link adaptation
  • MAC
  • Multi-hop forwarding
  • Signal-to-interference ratio
  • Wireless LANs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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