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System-Level Simulation

Multinode networks, protocol stack, multilayer processing

WLAN Toolbox™ system-level simulations model communication links with multiple nodes. The simulations operate across a protocol stack that includes physical (PHY), medium access control (MAC), and application layers. You can measure quantities such as throughput, latency, interference, and packet loss at the node and network levels. You can also investigate coexistence of WLAN signals with Bluetooth® signals and improve simulation efficiency by using PHY abstraction techniques.


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networkTrafficFTPFTP application traffic pattern generator
networkTrafficOnOffOn-Off application traffic pattern generator
networkTrafficVoIPVoIP application traffic pattern generator
networkTrafficVideoConferenceVideo conference application traffic pattern generator
pcapWriterPCAP file writer of protocol packets
pcapngWriterPCAPNG file writer of protocol packets
wlanPCAPWriterPCAP or PCAPNG file writer of WLAN MAC packets


BLE Coexistence Model with WLAN Signal Interference

Simulate, analyze, and visualize the coexistence of BLE with WLAN signal interference.

Featured Examples

Spatial Reuse with BSS Coloring in 802.11ax Residential Scenario

Spatial Reuse with BSS Coloring in 802.11ax Residential Scenario

Demonstrates how to simulate the impact of spatial reuse (SR) with basic service set (BSS) coloring on the throughput of an IEEE® 802.11ax™ residential scenario network using SimEvents®, Stateflow®, and WLAN Toolbox™. This example simulates non-spatial reuse groups overlapping BSS packet detect (OBSS PD) defined in IEEE® P802.11ax™/D4.1 Amendment [ 1 ]. The fundamental objective of this feature is to increase the network performance in a dense network scenario by maximizing the frequency reuse between BSSs. This is achieved by adjusting OBSS PD threshold in the range [-62, -82] dBm. Each BSS is assigned a unique color code called BSS color. The BSS color enables 802.11ax station (STA) to decide whether the simultaneous use of frequency spectrum along with the OBSS is allowed or not. This results in ignoring the frames from OBSS and enables concurrent transmission of data to multiple devices in a dense network scenario mitigating the exposed node problem. To demonstrate the SR with BSS coloring feature, the example models a network topology consisting of four BSSs in a residential apartment of two floors. Each floor contains two BSSs and each BSS consists of an access point (AP) and a STA. The model enables you to configure the OBSS PD threshold values in the range [-62, -82] dBm and study its impact on the throughput of each BSS. You can also write your own algorithm to control OBSS PD threshold levels dynamically during the simulation.