Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 7, No 3 (2015)

Applying Game Theory in 802.11 Wireless Networks

Tomas Cuzanauskas (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)
Aurimas Anskaitis (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)


IEEE 802.11 is one of the most popular wireless technologies in recent days. Due to easiness of adaption and relatively low cost the demand for IEEE 802.11 devices is increasing exponentially. IEEE works in two bands 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, these bands are known as ISM band. The unlicensed bands are managed by authority which set simple rules to follow when using unlicensed bands, the rules includes requirements as maximum power, out-of-band emissions control as well as interference mitigation. However these rules became outdated as IEEE 802.11 technology is emerging and evolving in hours the rules aren’t well suited for current capabilities of IEEE 802.11 devices. In this article we present game theory based algorithm for IEEE 802.11 wireless devices, we will show that by using game theory it’s possible to achieve better usage of unlicensed spectrum as well as partially decline CSMA/CA. Finally by using this approach we might relax the currently applied maximum power rules for ISM bands, which enable IEEE 802.11 to work on longer distance and have better propagation characteristics.

Article in: Lithuanian

Article published: 2015-07-13

Keyword(s): IEEE 802.11; WiFi; interference; cognitive radio; game theory.

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2015.797

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Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis ISSN 2029-2341, eISSN 2029-2252
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