Cross-Layer Multipath Multichannel MAC protocol for MANETs

Nawaf S. Mirza, Hamish Taylor, Mohamed A. Abdelshafy, Peter John Beaufoy King, Imed Romdhani, Atif A. Alghamdi

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Utilising multiple disjoint paths in multiple channels can improve network performance by enabling a node to reroute data along discovered paths seamlessly when link failure is detected. However, depending on a stale/invalid route to recover from a broken link could increase the delay to recover from the broken link and degrade the network performance. In this paper, we propose a new MAC protocol (RIVC-MB) to enhance communication reliability in the multipath multichannel routing protocol. The reliability of transmitting/re-routing the data packet in multipath multichannel routing protocol is improved by providing early route invalidity detection and early switchover. Waiting time to access the medium is also improved, when a node is attempting to access a busy medium, by re-routing the data packet via the alternative route. The RIVC-MB protocol uses the cross-layer interaction between MAC and routing protocols to achieve these goals. The proposed protocol is implemented and extensively evaluated using the NS-2 simulator. Simulation results show that the new proposed protocol reduces the end-to-end delay, and reduces both the number of route error control packets and the number of dropped data packets in the routing layer. It also reduces the collision rate in the MAC layer in a dense network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC)
ISBN (Electronic)9781538637791
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2018
Event2018 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications - Rome, Italy
Duration: 19 Jun 201821 Jun 2018


Conference2018 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications
Abbreviated titleISNCC 2018


  • Backoff
  • IEEE 802.11
  • Multipath Multichannel routing
  • Reliability
  • Route validity detection
  • Switchover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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