Link Performance Parameters in IEEE 802.11 - How to increase the throughput of a wireless long distance link

This document is a general guide for advanced link performance parameters for wireless (IEEE 802.11 based) networks. It targets a set of features that with correct usage can improve the throughput of the wireless link. Most of this parameters are not part of the IEEE 802.11 standard and they need to be implemented carefully. The parameters discussed in this document modify the behavior of IEEE 802.11 MAC. Other optimizations in the IP or transport layer are out of the scope of this document.

To make the document as simple as possible we have described all features following a common template: functionality, default values, valid range and instruction on when and how to best use the feature.
Although the guide can be applied with many wireless access points, we have used the smartBridges serie AirPoint/AirClient NEXUS PRO TOTAL as a reference. Notice that many of these parameters can have different names depending on the vendor.