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A User Prioritisation Algorithm for Horizontal Handover in Dense WLANs

Aldhaibani, OA, Raschella, A, Mohi-Ud-din, G and MacKay, M (2021) A User Prioritisation Algorithm for Horizontal Handover in Dense WLANs. International Journal of Wireless Information Networks. ISSN 1068-9605

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Abstract This paper proposes an algorithm that enhances horizontal handover (HO) in dense wireless local area networks (WLANs), which is implemented in a software-defined wireless networking (SDWN)-based architecture. The algorithm considers the concept of user prioritisation, classifying the WLAN stations (STAs) into two categories representing high and low priorities respectively, and always attempts to guarantee the best quality of experience (QoE) to the high priority users. The architecture that implements the algorithm leverages the flexibility, programmability, and centralised nature of SDWN to efficiently manage the HO process. Moreover, the paper presents a performance evaluation campaign that demonstrates significant achievements against a state-of-the-art solution in terms of the provided QoE, throughput and delay. Finally, we discuss the importance of considering user prioritisation in a HO algorithm for dense WLAN

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0805 Distributed Computing, 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering, 1005 Communications Technologies
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Computer Science & Mathematics
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 11:19
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 11:19
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10776-021-00544-5
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16231
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