Development of a Cross-Layer Protocol for the Improvement of Performance in Wireless Networks

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Executive Summary

Wireless networks are becoming more popular and many network users prefer wireless infrastructure above the wired infrastructure because wireless networks are easy to install, maintain and use. One problem however, is that the network model used to develop protocols for the wireless network is the same layered model used for wired networks. This paper proposes research on cross-layer protocols which will improve the performance of wireless networks. The Open Systems Interconnected (OSI) model will be studied to determine candidate layers for cross-layer interaction and existing cross-layer protocols will be evaluated and considered for the development of a cross-layer protocol which will improve the performance of a wireless ad-hoc network.

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