Improving Link Failure Detection and Response in IEEE 802.11 Wireless Ad Hoc Networks

Date Added: Mar 2010
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Wireless multi-hop ad hoc networks face a multitude of challenging problems including highly dynamic multi-hop topologies, lossy and noisy communication channels, and sporadic connectivity which contribute to frequent link failures. Rapid and accurate link failure detection is therefore important to maintain correct and optimum operation of network routing protocols. In this paper, the authors propose a unified link failure detection and recovery architecture (ulfra) which uses link layer feedback for rapid failure detection and packet salvaging for packet recovery. While link layer feedback and packet salvaging have been studied in simulations and simple experiments, no thorough experimental study have been undertaken to evaluate their real-world performance.