Modeling and Exploiting the Relation Between Packet Losses and Hidden Traffic Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2013

start page

  • 391

end page

  • 394


  • 4


  • 2

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2162-2337

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2162-2345


  • Nowadays, it is common to find multiple WLAN deployments coexisting in shared spaces. The resulting interference between transmissions represents an important source of performance degradation, specially those originating from hidden traffic. This note explores the relation between hidden traffic and packet losses, using renewal theory to show that losses constitute biased samples of hidden traffic. Building on the developed analytical model, the paper derives the optimal frame length that maximizes throughput in the presence of hidden traffic. The results are validated using an 802.11 WLAN in-lab setting.


  • wlan; packet probing; measurements; renewal; theory; hidden node interference