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Mobility Handling in MAC for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks
Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (2009)
  • Anjali Raja, San Jose State University
  • Xiao Su, San Jose State University
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are becoming popular in a wide variety of applications. In a WSN, sensor nodes can be static or mobile, depending on applications. Handling mobility in a sensor network can pose interesting challenges in sensor protocol design, and special algorithms are needed to adapt to mobility in the network. In this paper, we survey the current state of art in handling mobility in sensor networks. We first study how mobility affects the design of different layers in the sensor network architecture, and then take a closer look at mobility handling in the MAC layer. We also describe the results of simulations that we conducted to compare and analyze existing mobility-aware MAC protocols. Finally, we discuss open issues in dealing with mobility in sensor networks. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Publication Date
March, 2009
Publisher Statement
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Raja, A. and Su, X. (2009), Mobility handling in MAC for wireless ad hoc networks. Wirel. Commun. Mob. Comput., 9(3): 303–311. doi:10.1002/wcm.613, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Citation Information
Anjali Raja and Xiao Su. "Mobility Handling in MAC for Wireless Ad Hoc Networks" Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing Vol. 9 Iss. 3 (2009) p. 303 - 311 ISSN: 1530-8669
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