Testing the performance of wireless LAN
Source of Publication
2005 Asia-Pacific Conference on Communications
WLANs based on 802.11 standards are rapidly becoming popular in computer networks. Despite the advantages that have been obtained from this technology, its performance in terms of throughput, response time and security affected by many environmental factors such as distance, blockage, authentication mechanism and type of encryption used during the authentication and the data transmission. There are other security issues such as vulnerability to attack by the man-in-the-middle (MiM) attack which becomes a great concern for users and owners. However, the focus of this paper is for testing the WLAN performance under different conditions. The test results and recommendation can be used by designer and networks users to understand the limitation and how to improve the use of WLAN to optimize its capability. It is clear from the results obtained during the test, that WLAN response time is more affected by network load and very little effect by the size of encryption of WEP used in WLAN. The signal strength is very well affected by distance and blockage, which also affects the throughput. However, the throughput would be affected more with network load. © 2005 IEEE.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Authentication mechanism; Environmental factors; Network load; Data communication systems; Packet networks; Response time (computer systems); Security of data; Throughput; Wireless telecommunication systems; Local area networks
Kbar, Ghassan and Mansoor, Wathiq, "Testing the performance of wireless LAN" (2005). All Works. 3328.
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