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Super Fast Link Set-up in Wi-Fi HaLow Networks

IEEE Communications Letters. 2020. Vol. 24. No. 10. P. 2305-2308.
Bankov D., Khorov E., Kosek-Szott K., Trebunia M.

In Wi-Fi HaLow networks, sensors can transmit data only after the link set-up procedure (LSP). After a power outage or when a swarm of sensors appears in an Internet of Things network, all of them contend for the channel to set up links with the access point. For thousands of sensors the LSP can last for hours. However, it can be shortened with advanced LSP coordination algorithms. We show that the best standard-compatible solution found in the literature leaves a gap between the achievable link set-up time and the estimated lower bound. In this paper, we design and evaluate an adaptive solution to control the LSP that fills in this room for improvement and provides significant gains against the existing algorithms.