Section: New Results
Characterisation and Application of Idle Period Durations in IEEE 802.11 DCF-based Multihop Wireless Networks
Multihop wireless networks are used to provide internet connectivity to the users and the level of performance and quality expected by these users are increasing. In order to meet these performance and quality requirements, wireless communications should be enhanced. Previous works from the literature show that the performance and quality provided by an IEEE 802.11-based multihop wireless network are far from optimal and that there exist different ways to increase the efficiency and the quality of service of such a network. Some studies show that using the medium state as a parameter to tune the behaviour of an IEEE 802.11-based multihop network is an appropriate way to proceed. A station in a IEEE 802.11-based multihop wireless network senses the medium either busy or idle. The durations of idle periods and busy periods and their distributions have a clear impact on the network and nodes performance. The understanding of the relationship between these indicators, namely idle and busy periods, the network topology and the traffic, would give new insights to enhance the performance and quality of multihop wireless networks. Due to its multihop and distributed nature, the characterisation of idle period durations is difficult in such a network. This work explores the characterisation of idle period distribution by proposing a new analytical model and provides an application of this characterisation with the design of an adaptive backoff algorithm based on idle periods  .