Abstract: The increasing demand for live streaming and for remote sensing applications is bringing renewed interest on uplink performances in Wi-Fi networks. Radio diversity can improve the performance of such applications by opportunisti-cally receiving mobile users' traffic at multiple attachment points. However, radio diversity techniques can not be used in standard Wi-Fi networks due to backwards compatibility problems. In this paper we present Wi-Not, a novel SDN-based solution for exploiting radio diversity in software-defined WLANs. Wi-Not allows mobile terminals to be associated to multiple Wi-Fi APs in the uplink direction improving frame delivery probability in uplink-constrained applications. Wi-Not does not require changes to the mobile terminals and can be easily deployed with minimal changes to the network infrastructure. An experimental evaluation carried out over a real-world testbed shows that this approach can deliver an improvement of up to 80% in terms of UDP goodput and up to 60% of TCP throughput. We release the entire implementation including the controller and the data-path under a permissive license for academic use.
Wi–Not: Exploiting Radio Diversity in Software–Defined 802.11–based WLANs / Coronado, Estefanía; Harutyunyan, Davit; Riggio, Roberto; Villalǒn, Jose; Garrido, Antonio. - ELETTRONICO. - (2018). (Intervento presentato al convegno NOMS 2018 - 2018 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium tenutosi a Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan nel 23-27 April 2018) [10.1109/NOMS.2018.8406197].