Improving VoIP Call Capacity over IEEE 802.11 Networks

Yeonsik Jeong, Sandeep Kakumanu, Cheng-Lin Tsao, and Raghupathy Sivakumar
GNAN Research Group
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Fourth International Conference on Broadband Communications, Networks and Systems (Broadnets), Raleigh, NC, USA, September 2007.


The expected VoIP call capacity in a one hop IEEE 802.11b network with G.711 voice codec is about 85 simultaneous calls, but the actual observed capacity is only 5 calls even at the highest data rate and under zero loss conditions. In this paper we analyze the reasons behind this inferior performance of VoIP traffic. We also present algorithms at the medium access control layer to improve the observed call capacity. Finally, using ns- 2 based simulations, we evaluate the algorithms and show that performance improvements of up to 300% can be achieved.

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