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Multihoming of Users to Access Points in WLANs: A Population Game Perspective

Shakkottai, Srinivas and Altman, Eitan and Kumar, Anurag (2007) Multihoming of Users to Access Points in WLANs: A Population Game Perspective. In: IEEE Journal on Slected Areas in Communications, 25 (6). pp. 1207-1215.


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We consider non-cooperative mobiles, each faced with the problem of which subset of WLANs access points (APs) to connect and multihome to, and how to split its traffic among them. Considering the many users regime, we obtain a potential game model and study its equilibrium. We obtain pricing for which the total throughput is maximized at equilibrium and study the convergence to equilibrium under various evolutionary dynamics. We also study the case where the Internet Service Provider (ISP) could charge prices greater than that of the cost price mechanism and show that even in this case multihoming is desirable.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: IEEE Journal on Slected Areas in Communications
Publisher: IEEE
Additional Information: © 2006 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.
Keywords: Multihoming;IEEE 802.11 WLANs;Game theory;Population games;Optimization
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Communication Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/11868

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