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Hardware Mechanism for Energy Saving in WiFi Access Points

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University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Architecture and Concurrence Research Group, Institute of Sciences and Cybernetic Technologies, 35011 Canary Islands, Spain
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Computer Engineering Management Department, Santamaría Campus Guayaquil University, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
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Faculty of Communication, Espíritu Santo University, Guayaquil 090150, Ecuador
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Sensors 2019, 19(21), 4745; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19214745
Received: 26 July 2019 / Revised: 29 September 2019 / Accepted: 30 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Towards an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT))
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: wireless fidelity; access point; energy saving; power router; battery; power consumption optimization wireless fidelity; access point; energy saving; power router; battery; power consumption optimization
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García Baquerizo, J.P.; Suárez, A.; Macias, E.; Salas, E. Hardware Mechanism for Energy Saving in WiFi Access Points. Sensors 2019, 19, 4745.

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