Medium access control in mobilead hoc networks: challenges and solutions

Hongqiang Zhai, Jianfeng Wang, Xiang Chen, Yuguang Fang
2006 Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing  
Mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) are useful in environment where fixed network infrastructure is unavailable. To function normally, MANETs demand an efficient and distributed medium access control (MAC) protocol. However, characteristics of MANETs such as radio link vulnerability, mobility, limited power pose great challenges on MAC design. This paper surveys the recent advances in MAC design for MANETs. we first identify the challenges that are facing MAC in MANETs. Then we discuss the proposed
more » ... MAC schemes according to their design goals, focusing on some critical design issues and tradeoffs. Finally, we point out some future research directions. Index Terms-Medium access control (MAC), mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs), quality of service (QoS), fairness, energyefficiency.
doi:10.1002/wcm.376 fatcat:ub45o6vfqjeyxgyivw3uw4ark4