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Analysis and experimental verification of frequency-based interference avoidance mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4

Lieven Tytgat (UGent) , Opher Yaron (UGent) , Sofie Pollin, Ingrid Moerman (UGent) and Piet Demeester (UGent)
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More and more wireless networks are deployed with overlapping coverage. Especially in the unlicensed bands, we see an increasing density of heterogeneous solutions, with very diverse technologies and application requirements. As a consequence, interference from heterogeneous sources-also called cross-technology interference-is a major problem causing an increase of packet error rate (PER) and decrease of quality of service (QoS), possibly leading to application failure. This issue is apparent, for example, when an IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor network coexists with an IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN, which is the focus of this work. One way to alleviate cross-technology interference is to avoid it in the frequency domain by selecting different channels. Different multichannel protocols suitable for frequency-domain interference avoidance have already been proposed in the literature. However, most of these protocols have only been investigated from the perspective of intratechnology interference. Within this work, we create an objective comparison of different candidate channel selection mechanisms based on a new multichannel protocol taxonomy using measurements in a real-life testbed. We assess different metrics for the most suitable mechanism using the same set of measurements as in the comparison study. Finally, we verify the operation of the best channel selection metric in a proof-of-concept implementation running on the testbed.
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RADIO NETWORKS, WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS, MAC PROTOCOL, MULTICHANNEL, IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.15.4, interference avoidance, MAC, medium access control, RDT, receiver directed transmission, WiFi, wireless sensor networks, ZigBee, IBCN

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Tytgat, Lieven et al. “Analysis and Experimental Verification of Frequency-based Interference Avoidance Mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4.” IEEE-ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING 23.2 (2015): 369–382. Print.
APA
Tytgat, Lieven, Yaron, O., Pollin, S., Moerman, I., & Demeester, P. (2015). Analysis and experimental verification of frequency-based interference avoidance mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4. IEEE-ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING, 23(2), 369–382.
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Tytgat, Lieven, Opher Yaron, Sofie Pollin, Ingrid Moerman, and Piet Demeester. 2015. “Analysis and Experimental Verification of Frequency-based Interference Avoidance Mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4.” Ieee-acm Transactions on Networking 23 (2): 369–382.
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Tytgat, Lieven, Opher Yaron, Sofie Pollin, Ingrid Moerman, and Piet Demeester. 2015. “Analysis and Experimental Verification of Frequency-based Interference Avoidance Mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4.” Ieee-acm Transactions on Networking 23 (2): 369–382.
Vancouver
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Tytgat L, Yaron O, Pollin S, Moerman I, Demeester P. Analysis and experimental verification of frequency-based interference avoidance mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4. IEEE-ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING. 2015;23(2):369–82.
IEEE
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L. Tytgat, O. Yaron, S. Pollin, I. Moerman, and P. Demeester, “Analysis and experimental verification of frequency-based interference avoidance mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4,” IEEE-ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 369–382, 2015.
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  abstract     = {More and more wireless networks are deployed with overlapping coverage. Especially in the unlicensed bands, we see an increasing density of heterogeneous solutions, with very diverse technologies and application requirements. As a consequence, interference from heterogeneous sources-also called cross-technology interference-is a major problem causing an increase of packet error rate (PER) and decrease of quality of service (QoS), possibly leading to application failure. This issue is apparent, for example, when an IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor network coexists with an IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN, which is the focus of this work. One way to alleviate cross-technology interference is to avoid it in the frequency domain by selecting different channels. Different multichannel protocols suitable for frequency-domain interference avoidance have already been proposed in the literature. However, most of these protocols have only been investigated from the perspective of intratechnology interference. Within this work, we create an objective comparison of different candidate channel selection mechanisms based on a new multichannel protocol taxonomy using measurements in a real-life testbed. We assess different metrics for the most suitable mechanism using the same set of measurements as in the comparison study. Finally, we verify the operation of the best channel selection metric in a proof-of-concept implementation running on the testbed.},
  author       = {Tytgat, Lieven and Yaron, Opher and Pollin, Sofie and Moerman, Ingrid and Demeester, Piet},
  issn         = {1063-6692},
  journal      = {IEEE-ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING},
  keywords     = {RADIO NETWORKS,WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS,MAC PROTOCOL,MULTICHANNEL,IEEE 802.11,IEEE 802.15.4,interference avoidance,MAC,medium access control,RDT,receiver directed transmission,WiFi,wireless sensor networks,ZigBee,IBCN},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
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  title        = {Analysis and experimental verification of frequency-based interference avoidance mechanisms in IEEE 802.15.4},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TNET.2014.2300114},
  volume       = {23},
  year         = {2015},
}

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