ALLEVIATE EXPOSED NODE ISSUES IN WIRELESS MESH NETWORK (WMN) USING A NOVEL APPROACH OF CONCURRENT MEDIUM ACCESS CONTROL (C-MAC) PROTOCOL
International Journal of Research in Engineering and Technology
The importance and high growth of the communication infrastructure is clearly stated under the Malaysia Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The most popular technology that used to provide the internet service to public is the IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n based WiFi. However, the coverage provided by the WiFi technology is only limited up to certain range. In addition, the performance of the WiFi network also will become poorer and poorer as the number of users associate with that WiFi network
... ses. In order to address these issues, the best topology configuration known as mesh is proposed by wireless research community. This technology is also called as Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN) and it became an emerging technology which is plays an important role in the next generation wireless communication. However, the implementation of IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol in WMN significantly degrades the network performance due to the presence of exposed node problem. The presence of exposed nodes in WMN caused waiting delay (prevent the surrounding neighboring nodes to involve in transmission activity for entire duration of ongoing transmission) and it is subsequently leads to poor throughput achievement. The significance of this research is to investigate the cause of exposed nodes that degrade the performance of WMN and proposed a novel protocol to solve it to provide better network performance and throughput.