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Frame aggregation in wireless networks: techniques and issues


Saif, Anwar and Othman, Mohamed and K. Subramaniam, Shamala and Abdul Hamid, Nor Asila Wati (2011) Frame aggregation in wireless networks: techniques and issues. IETE Technical Review, 28 (4). pp. 336-350. ISSN 0256-4602; ESSN: 0974-5971


The timing and headers overheads of IEEE 802.11 PHY and MAC layers consume a large part of the channel time leading to performance degradation especially at higher data rates. Several enhancements at both the PHY and MAC layers have been proposed in order to reduce these overheads and increase the channel utilization. A key enhancement is frame aggregation in which the timing and headers overheads are reduced by aggregating multiple frames into a single large frame and then transmit it in a single channel access. This paper addresses the frame aggregation techniques that have been proposed for the next generation wireless networks and the aggregation techniques that are adopted by IEEE 802.11n standard. It also high-lights the aggregation issues that need to be investigated in order to further enhance the frame aggregation performance.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.4103/0256-4602.83554
Publisher: Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers
Keywords: 802.11n; Frame aggregation; Next generation wireless networks; Throughput enhancements; Throughput limits
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 08:37
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 08:37
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/22520
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