Modeling Energy Consumption in Error-Prone IEEE 802.11-Based Wireless Ad-Hoc Networks

  • Tsung-Han Lee
  • Alan Marshall
  • Bosheng Zhou
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4267)


In the IEEE 802.11 MAC layer protocol, there are different trade-off points between the number of nodes competing for the medium and the network capacity provided to them. There is also a trade-off between the wireless channel condition during the transmission period and the energy consumption of the nodes. Current approaches at modeling energy consumption in 802.11-based networks do not consider the influence of the channel condition on all types of frames (control and data) in the WLAN. Nor do they consider the effect on the different MAC and PHY schemes that can occur in 802.11 networks. In this paper, we investigate energy consumption corresponding to the number of competing nodes in IEEE 802.11’s MAC and PHY layers in error-prone wireless channel conditions, and present a new energy consumption model. Analysis of the power consumed by each type of MAC and PHY over different bit error rates shows that the parameters in these layers play a critical role in determining the overall energy consumption of the ad-hoc network. The goal of this research is not only to compare the energy consumption using exact formulae in saturated IEEE 802.11-based DCF networks under varying numbers of competing nodes, but also, as the results show, to demonstrate that channel errors have a significant impact on the energy consumption.


IEEE 802.11 DCF Ad-Hoc Energy consumption error-prone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tsung-Han Lee
    • 1
  • Alan Marshall
    • 1
  • Bosheng Zhou
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Electrical and Electronic EngineeringQueen’s University of BelfastUK

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