Design of MAC-defined aggregated ARQ schemes for IEEE 802.11n networks

Kai-Ten Feng*, Yu Zhi Huang, Jia Shi Lin

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Based on the IEEE 802.11n standard, frame aggregation is considered one of the major factors to improve system performance of wireless local area networks (WLANs) from the medium access control (MAC) perspective. In order to fulfill the requirements of high throughput performance, feasible design of automatic repeat request (ARQ) mechanisms becomes important for providing reliable data transmission. In this paper, two MAC-defined ARQ schemes are proposed to consider the effect of frame aggregation for the enhancement of network throughput. An aggregated selective repeat ARQ (ASR-ARQ) algorithm is proposed, which incorporates the conventional selective repeat ARQ scheme with the consideration of frame aggregation. On the other hand, the aggregated hybrid ARQ (AH-ARQ) protocol is proposed to further enhance throughput performance by adopting the Reed-Solomon block code as the forward error correction (FEC) scheme. Novel analytical models based on the signal flow graph are established in order to realize the retransmission behaviors of both schemes. Simulations are conducted to validate and compare the proposed ARQ mechanisms with existing schemes based on service time distribution. Numerical results show that the proposed AH-ARQ protocol outperforms the other retransmission schemes owing to its effective utilization of FEC mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)685-699
Number of pages15
JournalWireless Networks
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Automatic repeat request (ARQ)
  • Ieee 802.11n standard
  • Medium access control (MAC)
  • Performance analysis
  • Wireless local area networks (WLAN)

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