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On Loss Differentiation for CSMA-based Dense Wireless Network


H. Ma, J. Zhu and S. Roy

IEEE 802.11, CSMA, High Density (HD) WLAN, MAC, protocol, loss differentiation


In this paper, we propose a novel method to differentiate packet loss based on interference energy and timing relative to desired signal for a CSMA-based dense wireless network. All measurements are conducted locally at transmitters, and therefore require no additional over-the-air overhead. Our method also separately estimates the PER (packet error rate) due to interference prior to or after the beginning of the desired signal, which allows for more efficient MAC(media access control) adaptation design.

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