Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Barry E. Mullins, PhD
This thesis investigates the quality of audio generated by a G.711 codec and transmission over an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 wireless local area network (WLAN). Decline in audio quality due to additional calls or by securing the WLAN with transport mode Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) is quantified. Audio quality over an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 WLAN is also compared to that of IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g WLANs under the same conditions. Audio quality is evaluated by following International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Recommendation P.800, where human subjects rate audio clips recorded during various WLAN configurations. The Mean Opinion Score (MOS) is calculated as the average audio quality score given for each WLAN configuration. An 85% confidence interval is calculated for each MOS. Results suggest that audio quality over an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 WLAN is not higher than over an IEEE 802.11b WLAN when up to 10 simultaneous G.711 calls occur. A linear regression of the subjective scores also suggest that an IEEE 802.11n draft 2.0 WLAN can sustain an MOS greater than 3.0 (fair quality) for up to 75 simultaneous G.711 calls secured with WPA2, or up to 40 calls secured with both WPA2 and transport mode IPsec. The data strongly suggest that toll quality audio (MOS ≥ 4.0) is not currently practical over IEEE 802.11 WLANs secured with WPA2, even with the G.711 codec.
DTIC Accession Number
Ramsey, Benjamin W., "Subjective Audio Quality over a Secure IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 Wireless Local Area Network" (2009). Theses and Dissertations. 2554.