Date Added: Aug 2009
The IEEE 802.16 standard focuses on the MAC and physical layers. Its deployment needs a seamless integration with IP related protocols. This paper presents a review of approaches for IP support over WiMAX, including current efforts being developed to specify end-to-end architectures. The QoS mapping between IP QoS settings and IEEE 802.16 MAC layer QoS definitions is also addressed. Moreover, the handover process is described taking into consideration the assistance that the IEEE 802.16 handover process can provide to mobile IP protocols in order to achieve seamless handovers.