ConT: A Contention-Based Time Division Scheme for Handoff Support in Single-Radio Wireless Mesh Networks
Handoff delay is a key metric to evaluate the performance of Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). Since data packets and handoff signaling packets are transmitted on the same backbone channel in single-channel single-radio based WMNs, the channel contentions between data and signaling packets often lead to long signaling packet queuing delay and channel access delay. Therefore, the handoff performance is largely determined by the backbone data traffic volume. However, this important issue is ignored by existing handoff solutions in multi-hop WMNs. In this paper, the authors consider to reduce the handoff delay in single-back bone channel-based WMNs from a different perspective and propose a ConTention-based time division (ConT) scheme to shorten the channel access delay and queuing delay of handoff signaling packets over multi-hop wireless links.