Wi-Fi access point roaming: Challenges and potential solutions

Lianyuan Wang, Yuxuan Zhao, David Afolabi, Ka Lok Man*, Hai Ning Liang, Dawei Liu, Yiu Fai Lam, Charles Fleming, Moncef Tayahi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

As functionalities in mobile devices have increased significantly in recent years, they have become primary means for staying connected through emails, instant messaging, voice and video calls. These services rely on mobile networks data connection or Wi-Fi connections which are cheaper and faster. They enable communications while moving from one location to another, but during the process of roaming the connections are predisposed to interruptions as the user gets out of the signal range. The current solution is to have multiple relay/repeater access points, nevertheless, short interruptions cause data integrity corruption and also use additional energy cost on the limited battery. To mitigate these issues, we propose a Wi-Fi roaming algorithm capable of automatically switching between access points while maintaining the data stream's integrity. After implementation and evaluation of the proposed solution, further refinements are introduced such as seamless transitioning from Wi-Fi to mobile data and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2015 18th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2015
EditorsLeonard Barolli, Makoto Takizawa, Fatos Xhafa, Hui-Huang Hsu, Tomoya Enokido
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages158-161
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479999422
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2015
Event18th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2015 - Taipei, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 2 Sept 20154 Sept 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2015 18th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2015

Conference

Conference18th International Conference on Network-Based Information Systems, NBiS 2015
Country/TerritoryTaiwan, Province of China
CityTaipei
Period2/09/154/09/15

Keywords

  • Access points
  • Data transmission
  • Mobile devices
  • Roaming
  • Wi-Fi

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