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Title: Hardware mechanism for energy saving in WiFi access points
Authors: García Baquerizo, Juan Pablo
Suárez, Alvaro 
Macias, Elsa 
Salas, Edgar
UNESCO Clasification: 3325 Tecnología de las telecomunicaciones
332505 Radiocomunicaciones
Keywords: Access Point
Energy Saving
Power Consumption Optimization
Power Router, et al
Issue Date: 2019
Journal: Sensors 
Abstract: Wireless fidelity (WiFi) networks are deployed in several varied environments all around the World. Usually, the wireless fidelity access points are always on in houses and other small companies. In buildings of large companies and public organizations and in university campuses the number of access points is elevated; they are powered using power over the ethernet and are always on. Consequently, they consume a considerable amount of electric energy. The last versions of the International Electric and Electronic Engineers 802.11 standardized procedures to save energy in a wireless fidelity terminal but not in the access point. We designed a formal method to show when energy can be saved in wireless fidelity access points considering different power supplies for the access point: an electric energy battery and a standard voltage supply. We use an external battery that stores electric energy during an interval of time from a standard voltage supply (Charge period). After that interval (Discharge period), the energy supply for the access point is the external battery. Those intervals of time are repeated sequentially (Charge and Discharge cycles). We verified our formal model implementing a hardware circuit that controls the power supply for the access point. The amount of energy saving for a large number of of access points during a long period of time is considerably high.
ISSN: 1424-8220
DOI: 10.3390/s19214745
Source: Sensors [ISSN 1424-8220], v. 19 (21), 4745, (Noviembre 2019)
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