cogcom 15(4): e1

Research Article

Mi-MMAC: MIMO-Based Multi-Channel MAC Protocol for WLAN

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.19-8-2015.2259754,
        author={Bo Yang and Bo Li and Mao Yang and Zhongjiang Yan and Xiaoya Zuo},
        title={Mi-MMAC: MIMO-Based Multi-Channel MAC Protocol for WLAN},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Cognitive Communications},
        keywords={media access control, multiple-input multiple-output, multi-channel, wireless lan},
  • Bo Yang
    Bo Li
    Mao Yang
    Zhongjiang Yan
    Xiaoya Zuo
    Year: 2015
    Mi-MMAC: MIMO-Based Multi-Channel MAC Protocol for WLAN
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.19-8-2015.2259754
Bo Yang1, Bo Li1, Mao Yang1,*, Zhongjiang Yan1, Xiaoya Zuo1
  • 1: School of Electronics and Information, Northwestern Polytechnical University
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In order to meet the proliferating demands in wireless local area networks (WLANs), the multi-channel media access control (MMAC) technology has attracted a considerable attention to exploit the increasingly scarce spectrum resources more efficiently. This paper proposes a novel multi-channel MAC to resolve the congestion on the control channel, named as Mi-MMAC, by multiplexing the control-radio and the data-radio as a multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) array, working on both the control channel and the data channels alternately. Furthermore, we model Mi-MMAC as an M/M/k queueing system and obtain a closed-form approximate formula of the saturation throughput. Simulation results validate our model and analysis, and we demonstrate that the saturation throughput gain of the proposed protocol is close to 3.3 times compared with the dynamical channel assignment (DCA) protocol [1] under the few collisions condition.