Abstract: Seamless integration of wireless devices into the global Internet still poses a formidable challenge for the telecommunication industry. The main obstacle here is that, TCP was designed for wire-line networks and hence it interprets difficulties/errors in radio transmission differently. The objective of this paper is to review the measured performances of TCP in various operating conditions. The measurement results demonstrate the impact of different operating paradigms (e.g. WAN, WLAN etc.) on the performance of TCP.

Keywords: round trip time (RTT), bandwidth-delay product, Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance for Wireless (MACAW), Carrier sense multiple access (CSMA), bit error rates (BER).