Voice over IP applications in wireless networks have gained increasing popularity in recent years. As a delay-sensitive real-time application, a VoIP flow is usually given higher priority in accessing the shared wireless channel than delay-insensitive non-real-time flows. In contention-based wireless networks two widely used prioritizing MAC mechanisms are class-dependent arbitration interframe space and classdependent contention window. In this article we propose an analytical model to evaluate the effect of the two mechanisms on voice capacity (the maximum number of two-way voice flow pairs supportable) of ad hoc mode and infrastructure mode wireless LANs. We show that the AIFS mechanism has a relatively strong effect on WLAN voice capacity in the ad hoc mode, but not in the infrastructure mode; and the CW mechanism, when properly configured, has a mild effect on voice capacity in both modes
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