inverse multiplexing; wireless devices; short-range bandwidth; transports; bluetooth
This paper describes a mechanism for utilizing Inverse Multiplexing to significantly increase the bandwidth available to short-range wireless devices. Previous work with Inverse Multiplexing has focused on wired networks; its implementation with short-range wireless transports introduces heterogeneity in the links, which must be taken into account. A mathematical model for an Inverse Multiplexing system is derived for several scheduling algorithms. Both Process Limited and Transport Limited systems are examined. The validity of this model is shown by our implementation of an Inverse Multiplexing layer that uses IrDA and Bluetooth transports. Concepts related to Inverse Multiplexing such as usage models, negotiation, Quality of Service, and the simultaneous use of multiple Bluetooth transports are discussed.