An iterative heuristic approach for channel and power allocation in wireless networks


A large number of access points (APs) may be required to provide network coverage in a given environment. However, a non-optimized deployment of these APs can reduce the network performance significantly due to the excessive interference. The optimization of the channel and transmit power is an efficient method to reduce the interference and therefore guarantee a minimally acceptable performance. In this paper, we propose a heuristic algorithm to find a proper channel and transmit power configuration for all APs within a network. The algorithm evaluates the network, using theoretical models, and employs several techniques to optimize the channel and the transmit power to increase the network performance. We also estimate the complexity of the proposed algorithm comparing it with an exhaustive search approach. The results show that the proposed algorithm can arrive at a solution very close to the optimal with a much reduced computational complexity.

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    Herein, each cell is considered to be a square with 1 m side length, but any other cell shape and area that suits a given scenario can be utilized.

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    After several tests, we noticed that initializing all APs at the minimum transmit power yields good results.


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This work was supported by Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES).

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Garcia, G., Monego, H.I.D., Pellenz, M.E. et al. An iterative heuristic approach for channel and power allocation in wireless networks. Ann. Telecommun. 73, 293–303 (2018).

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  • Wireless local area networks
  • Power allocation
  • Channel allocation
  • Heuristic
  • Interference