Improving Bluetooth performance in 802.11 interference environments

S. Zeadally, A. Banda, A. Kumar

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Bluetooth, with its short range and low power requirements, shows great promise in enabling the deployment of personal area networks. The ubiquity of other networking technologies such as IEEE 802.11 Local Area Networks means that wireless, short-range communication technologies such as Bluetooth will have to coexist with these 802.11 networks. We describe the design, implementation, and evaluation of a dynamic approach that improves Bluetooth performance in the presence of IEEE 802.11 traffic interference. Our approach improves Bluetooth performance in the presence of 802.11 interference traffic by almost 100% (for raw data throughput) and by 51-85% for real user applications such as file transfers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)616-621
Number of pages6
JournalComputer Communications
Issue number7
StatePublished - May 1 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by an equipment grant from Wayne State University. The authors would like to express their gratitude to Monica Brockmeyer and Farshad Fotouhi for their support in making the wireless laptops available to us for conducting the experimental tests described in this paper. We would also like to thank Pavan Pamula for his help during our experiments. We also express our gratitude to the anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments which helped to improve the quality and presentation of this paper.


  • 802.11 LAN
  • Bluetooth
  • Performance
  • Protocol
  • Wireless

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications


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