Disclosed is a protocol used by wireless stations sharing a single wireless channel. When a local station senses a communication between remote stations using the channel, the local station estimates whether its local transmissions would disrupt this on-going remote communication. To estimate, the local station forms capture models of the remote stations. From the capture models, the local station determines if its local transmission would prevent each remote station from capturing the signal from the other remote station. If the local transmission would not disrupt the remote communications, the local station transmits its message over the channel at the same time the remote stations use the channel. The local station performs the estimation using parameters of the remote stations. The stations could share their parameters by including them in headers of frames. The protocol can be implemented as an enhancement to the IEEE 802.11 standard.

Title
Protocol for improved utilization of a wireless network using interference estimation
Application Number
11/363208
Publication Number
20070201412
Application Date
February 28, 2006
Publication Date
August 30, 2007
Inventor
Ashok Agrawala
Ashton
MD, US
Tamer Nadeem
Plainsboro
NJ, US
Jonathan Russell Agre
Brinklow
MD, US
Lusheng Ji
Randolph
NJ, US
Agent
Staas & Halsey
DC, US
IPC
H04Q 07/24
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