It Can Drain Out Your Energy: An Energy-Saving Mechanism Against Packet Overhearing in High Traffic Wireless LANs

Tao Xiong, Junmei Yao, Jin Zhang, Wei Lou

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Energy efficiency is a critical issue of wireless devices. As the packets are broadcast to the devices in the wireless transmission media, all active neighboring devices have to spend their energy receiving the packets though the packets are not addressed to them, which is called as the packet overhearing problem. The real-world traffic trace analysis reveals that the energy cost on the packet overhearing accounts for the majority of the devices' energy inefficiency in high traffic wireless local area networks (WLANs). In this paper, we propose a novel sample-address sample-duration (SASD) scheme to solve the energy inefficiency of the packet overhearing problem. By adding a new SASD header, which contains the critical information, in front of the data packet at the physical layer, the SASD enables the devices to discern the required information in the energy-saving downclocking mode. Consequently, the non-destination devices of the packet can switch to the sleeping mode to avoid the packet overhearing problem. We demonstrate the feasibility of the SASD through hardware experiments and evaluate its energy-saving performance through ns-2 simulations. The results show that the SASD can greatly outperform the existing approaches in the high traffic WLAN scenario.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1911-1925
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • downclocking
  • Energy efficient
  • packet overhearing problem
  • wireless LANs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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