2nd International ICST Conference on Broadband Networks

Research Article

Wireless gigabit Ethernet extension

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1109/ICBN.2005.1589646,
        author={Tao Chen and Hagen Woesner and Yabin Ye and Imrich Chlamtac},
        title={Wireless gigabit Ethernet extension},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Broadband Networks},
  • Tao Chen
    Hagen Woesner
    Yabin Ye
    Imrich Chlamtac
    Year: 2006
    Wireless gigabit Ethernet extension
    DOI: 10.1109/ICBN.2005.1589646
Tao Chen1,*, Hagen Woesner2,*, Yabin Ye2,*, Imrich Chlamtac2,*
  • 1: International Graduate School in Information and Communication Technologies, University of Trento, Trento, 38050, Italy
  • 2: CREATE-NET, Trento, 38100, Italy
*Contact email: chen@dit.unitn.it, hagen.woesner@create-net.it, yabin.ye@create-net.it, imrich.chlamtac@create-net.it


The increasing demand for high bandwidth and mobility has challenged research to design innovative broadband wireless access networks. The 60 GHz band has recently been attracting interest because of the huge bandwidth it can provide from its 3-7 GHz unlicensed spectrum available worldwide. However, until now a mature system design in the 60 GHz band is still lacking. In this paper, we propose a novel architecture integrating a fiber optic infrastructure with 60 GHz wireless transmission capable of delivering a high data rate of 1 Gbps per cell in indoor environments. We use a WDM upgraded EPON as the fixed infrastructure and the 60 GHz band to provide the end user access and mobility. A centralized media access control mechanism derived from IEEE 802.3ah is adopted for efficient channel sharing. The use of standard components and the dynamic bandwidth allocation across wireless cells make the system a strong candidate for future gigabit wireless LANs.