Title

Wireless Local Area Network Performance in a Bluetooth Interference Environment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2004

Publication Source

International Journal on Wireless and Optical Communications

Abstract

Since IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLANs) and Bluetooth (BT) personal area networks both use the 2.4 GHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical band, interference can occur when these networks are collocated. A WLAN station's clear channel assessment algorithm will declare a channel busy and induce transmission delays when sufficient energy from a BT signal is received. By assuming the BT's frequency hopped spread spectrum signal will not corrupt the direct sequence spread spectrum WLAN transmission, we isolate and characterize transmission delays due solely to BT interference. We develop expressions for throughput, delay, expected backoff interval, expected number of collisions, and other metrics of interest. In situations where numerous collisions occur between WLAN stations, BT-induced transmission delays reduce the probability of expensive WLAN collisions while increasing overall throughput and decreasing delay. An analytic model is developed to predict interference effects and is verified through simulation.

Inclusive pages

19-34

ISBN/ISSN

0219-7995

Comments

Permission documentation on file.

Publisher

World Scientific Publishing

Volume

2

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes


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