On reducing power consumption of transmitting stations in 802.11 MIMO networks

Demir M. E., Karaca M., Kurt G. K.

IEEE Communications Letters, vol.20, no.2, pp.332-335, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/lcomm.2015.2500223
  • Journal Name: IEEE Communications Letters
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.332-335
  • Keywords: IEEE 802.11, power saving algorithm, dynamic RF configuration, Markov model, QoS preserving transmission
  • TED University Affiliated: No


© 2015 IEEE.We propose an online algorithm for energy minimization of transmitting stations in IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLANs). Our algorithm configures radio frequency (RF) parameters such as the number of transmitting antennas based on the real-time traffic demand and channel condition so that the power consumption of the device is reduced, and the minimum data rate requirements of the stations at a target error rate are satisfied. The process of the transition between different RF configurations is investigated by employing a two-dimensional Markov chain model. Using an IEEE 802.11ac hardware testbed, we experimentally demonstrate that with our algorithm the power consumption of a transmitting station can be reduced upto 33%. We also validate that the experimental result and the simulation result obtained with our Markov model closely match.