Client-AP association for multiuser MIMO networks

Yu Cheng Hsu, Ching-Ju Lin, Wen Tsuen Chen

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In a Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), clients typically associate with the AP that offers the maximal signal strength. Later works on client-AP association then further take load balancing and fairness into consideration. Those schemes however are not directly applicable in a multiuser MIMO (MU-MIMO) WLAN since different combinations of clients result in different throughput of each individual client. Therefore, in this paper, we present a client-AP association algorithm customized for MU-MIMO WLANs. The proposed algorithm jointly solves the problems of client-AP association and MU-MIMO client grouping with consideration of channel correlation among clients. It hence allows a good group of clients, i.e., those with low channel correlation, to together associate with the same proper AP and achieve a high sum-rate. The simulation results show that our MU-MIMO AP association algorithm improves the aggregate throughput by about 11%-28% and 26%-45%, as compared to two common association approaches, i.e., RSSI-based and load-based schemes, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467364324
StatePublished - 9 Sep 2015
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 201512 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom

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