WiPLUS: Towards LTE-U Interference Detection, Assessment and Mitigation in 802.11 Networks

Conference: European Wireless 2017 - 23th European Wireless Conference
05/17/2017 - 05/19/2017 at Dresden, Germany

Proceedings: European Wireless 2017

Pages: 8Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Olbrich, Michael; Zubow, Anatolij; Zehl, Sven; Wolisz, Adam (Technische Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany)

We propose WiPLUS - a system that enables WiFi to deal with the stealthy invasion of LTE-U into the frequency bands used by WiFi. Using solely MAC layer information extracted passively, during runtime, out of the hardware registers of the WiFi NIC at the WiFi access point, WiPLUS is able to: i) detect interfering LTE-U signals, ii) compute their dutycycles, and iii) derive the effective medium airtime available for each WiFi link in a WiFi Basic Service Set (BSS). Moreover WiPLUS provides accurate timing information about the detected LTE-U ON and OFF phases enabling advanced interference mitigation strategies such as interference-aware scheduling of packet transmissions, rate adaptation and adaptive channel bonding. WiPLUS does not require any modifications to the WiFi client stations and works with commodity WiFi APs where it has a simple software installation process. We present the design, the implementation details and the evaluation of the WiPLUS approach. Evaluation results reveal that it is able to accurately estimate the effective available medium airtime for each link in a WiFi BSS under a wide range of LTE-U signal strengths with a root-mean-square error of less than 3% for the downlink and less 10% for the uplink.