Mobile device-centric access point monitoring scheme for handover decision triggering in heterogeneous networks

Woonghee Lee, Mungyu Bae, Hyunsoon Kim, Hwangnam Kim

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Because of the low throughput and the high packet error rate in wireless communications, the network traffic often converges at access points (APs), which take a role of connecting wired and wireless communication interfaces, and APs are usually bottleneck points in wireless networks. In heterogeneous networks, various networks are around mobile devices. Furthermore, today's mobile devices have various wireless network capabilities. Thus, mobile devices should be able to understand network situations autonomously and use a wide range of network options in heterogeneous networks. However, since current mobile devices cannot know the connected AP's network condition, they continue to use the AP, which provides poor-quality networks even though there are other available APs and networks nearby. To resolve the aforementioned problems, we propose MAPS, the low-power AP monitoring scheme for handover decision triggering in heterogeneous networks. Using MAPS, a mobile device can trigger a handover decision properly through predicting the connected AP's network condition accurately without any cooperation from other devices. Furthermore, MAPS does not require any modification on existing network systems, and the mobile device can use MAPS with simple application installation. Through diverse simulations, actual experiments, and power consumption analysis, we validate that MAPS can detect the busy AP effectively and is suitable for mobile devices because of low power consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3376
JournalInternational Journal of Communication Systems
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec


  • access point
  • handover decision trigger
  • heterogeneous networks
  • low power consumption
  • mobile device

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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