On the Impact of Guest Traffic in Open-Access Domestic Broadband Sharing Schemes

by   Sotiris Lenas, et al.

Open-access domestic broadband connection sharing constitutes a voluntary practice that is associated with societal, economic and public-safety benefits. Despite this fact, broadband subscribers are usually hesitant to freely share their broadband connection with guests for a multitude of reasons; one of them being sharing their network might hinder their own broadband quality of experience. In this paper, we investigate experimentally the impact of uplink guest traffic on the sharer's broadband quality of experience under both generic and broadband-sharing-specific packet scheduling policies. Both guest-user traffic and access point profiles employed in our study are developed by analyzing real-world traffic traces and measurements, captured from actual broadband sharing networking environments. Our results validate the suitability of hybrid packet scheduling policies for broadband sharing schemes and show that only a few dozen kilobytes per second of uplink guest traffic can be tolerated by sharers without hampering their broadband quality of experience. In this context, we show that the selection of the most appropriate packet scheduling policy for broadband sharing, as well as its respective configuration, depend largely on the capacity of the broadband connection and the policy's packet-dropping behavior on guest traffic.


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