Title: Sequencing technique: an enhancement to 802.11 medium access control to improve the performance of wireless networks

Authors: P. Venkata Krishna, N.Ch.S.N. Iyengar

Addresses: School of Computing Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu, India. ' School of Computing Sciences, VIT University, Vellore 632014, Tamilnadu, India

Abstract: This paper presents a technique known as sequencing on MAC layer for wireless networks. MAC layer issues are very important while accessing channel over wireless networks. Normally, communication uses Request To Send/Clear To Send (RTS/CTS) mechanism to access channel for transmission of data. Mostly, it is observed that RTS/CTS handshake may introduce some delay especially in case of wireless networks. Hence, a sequencing method is proposed where selected RTS packets are dropped based on a node sequence number to improve overall throughput of the network although individual performance of the transmission is reduced.

Keywords: quality of service; QoS; request to send; clear to send; RTS/CTS; IEEE 802.11e; MAC layer; sequencing; medium access control; MAC; wireless networks.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCNDS.2008.017204

International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 2008 Vol.1 No.1, pp.52 - 70

Published online: 18 Feb 2008 *

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