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Experimental Evaluation of Seamless Redundancy Applied to Industrial Wi-Fi Networks
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  • Gianluca Cena ,
  • Stefano Scanzio ,
  • Adriano Valenzano ,
  • Gianluca Cena
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Seamless redundancy can be profitably exploited to improve predictability of wireless networks in general and, in particular, IEEE 802.11. According to this approach, packets are transmitted by senders on two (or more) channels at the same time and duplicate copies are discarded by receivers. As long as the behavior of physical channels is uncorrelated, communication quality improves noticeably, in terms of both transmission latencies and percentage of dropped frames.
In this paper, communication over redundant links has been analyzed by means of a thorough experimental campaign, based on measurements carried out on real devices. Results confirm that, under typical operating conditions, the assumption of independence among channels in properly designed systems is verified reasonably well. Indeed, in our experiments, measured link quality indices did not differ more than 10% from what we expected from theory. This grants for redundant solutions tangible advantages over conventional Wi-Fi networks.
Apr 2017Published in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics volume 13 issue 2 on pages 856-865. 10.1109/TII.2016.2641469