WiFlex: Multi-channel cooperative protocols for heterogeneous wireless devices

Jiwoong Lee, Jeonghoon Mo, Tran Minh Trung, Jean Walrand, Hoi Sheung Wilson So

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In ISM bands, many wireless protocols proliferate such as 802.11, Bluetooth, and ZigBee. However, these incompatible protocols create complex coexistence and connectivity problems. If the same trend continues, similar interference and performance problems will continue to exist in future unlicensed bands. As new unlicensed bands open up, one can take a different approach to spectrum sharing. Instead of proposing a new MAC protocol for each type of application, we propose a family of parameterized MAC protocols called WiFlex that can tailor to different application needs ranging from wireless sensors to media center. Yet, these protocols within this family are compatible with each other to allow communication and spectrum-sharing coordination among different types of devices. We envision this family to be based on an OFDM-like multichannel physical layer. The contribution of this paper includes the discovery of an asynchronous split phase (ASP) protocol with dynamic priority support. This protocol enables powerful devices to achieve a high throughput and protects low power devices with urgent but only occasional transmissions. It is distributed and data collision-free. Moreover, it can support low delays for real time applications. The performance of the protocols are evaluated using an extension of NS-2. The results demonstrate the coexistence of devices with disparate radio characteristics and the support of applications with different requirements with good performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWCNC 2008 - IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424419968
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2008 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 2008 Mar 312008 Apr 3

Publication series

NameIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC
ISSN (Print)1525-3511


OtherIEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, WCNC 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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