Distributed adaptive interference-avoidance multi-channel MAC protocol for ZigBee networks

Wei Yuan, Xiaolei Cui, Ignas G.M.M. Niemegeers

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Abstract

As ZigBee networks operate on the license-free 2.4 GHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) frequency band, coexistence issues arise because many other wireless technologies such as IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs), Bluetooth, cordless telephones, etc., also use the same frequency band. To mitigate interference, ZigBee specification proposes a feature called frequency agility, which refers to the ability of ZigBee networks to change the operational channel in the presence of interference. However, for a large-scale ZigBee network, changing the whole network operational channel to an idle one, may be neither appropriate if there is only local interference nor possible if there is no any single idle channel available globally. In this paper, we propose a distributed adaptive multi-channel MAC interference- avoidance protocol, which enables a conventional large-scale single-channel ZigBee network to distributedly, adaptively and partially change the operational channel in order to avoid local interference. OPNET simulation results show that the protocol can efficiently and effectively improve the ZigBee network robustness and therefore the coexistence performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT-2010, 7th IEEE International Conference on Embedded Software and Systems, ICESS-2010, ScalCom-2010
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages415-419
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-4244-7548-3
ISBN (Print) 978-1-4244-7547-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT-2010, 7th IEEE International Conference on Embedded Software and Systems, ICESS-2010, 10th IEEE Int. Conf. Scalable Computing and Communications, ScalCom-2010 - Bradford, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Jun 20101 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT-2010, 7th IEEE International Conference on Embedded Software and Systems, ICESS-2010, 10th IEEE Int. Conf. Scalable Computing and Communications, ScalCom-2010
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBradford
Period29/06/101/07/10

Keywords

  • Coexistence
  • Frequency agility
  • Interference
  • Medium access control
  • Multi-channel
  • ZigBee

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    Yuan, W., Cui, X., & Niemegeers, I. G. M. M. (2010). Distributed adaptive interference-avoidance multi-channel MAC protocol for ZigBee networks. In Proceedings - 10th IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, CIT-2010, 7th IEEE International Conference on Embedded Software and Systems, ICESS-2010, ScalCom-2010 (pp. 415-419). [5578171] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/CIT.2010.97