Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Computer Science

Major Professor

Miguel A. Labrador, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kenneth J. Christensen, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Srinivas Katkoori, Ph.D.


traffic characterization, error length, error-free length, arta, autocorrelation


Several traffic characterization studies have been performed on wireless LANs with the main objective of realizing good and accurate models of the errors in the wireless channel. These models have been extended to model the effect of errors on higher layer protocols, mainly at the data link layer. However, no prior work has been done to study the application level characteristics of MPEG-4 video traffic over 802.11b wireless networks. In this thesis a traffic characterization study of MPEG-4 video traffic over IEEE 802.11b wireless LANs with the main goal of building a tool for software testing is performed.

Using two freely available tools to send and receive real-time streams and collect and analyze traces, MPEG-4 encoded video frames are sent over a 11 Mbps, 802.11b wireless LAN to characterize the errors in the channel and the effect of those errors on the quality of the movie. The results of this traffic characterization were modeled using ARTA (Auto Regressive-To-Anything) software. These modeled characteristics were then used to build a tool that generates synthetic traffic emulating real wireless network scenario. The tool emulates the error length and error free length characteristics of the wireless network for the MPEG-4 video traffic using the corresponding modeled characteristics generated by ARTA. The tool can be used by software developers to test their MPEG-4 streaming media applications without the need of the real infrastructure. The tool can also be trained and extended to support testing of any streaming media applications.