Enhanced Ripple (E-Ripple) Protocol for Chain-Based Multihop Wireless Networks

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It has been shown that IEEE 802.11 DCF Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol may not be suitable for multihop wireless networks due to its relatively low throughput and severely unfairness problems. A token-passing MAC protocol, named Ripple, has been proposed to enhance the throughput of DCF by utilizing spatial reuse. However, two perfect assumptions of 'Fixed-length data packet' and 'identical interference range and transmission range' in Ripple make it less practical in the real world. This paper proposes an Enhanced Ripple (E-Ripple) protocol aiming to remove the two restrictions. An analytical model is presented to estimate the performance of E-Ripple and the accuracy of the analysis is then verified via computer simulations.