Reliable MAC layer multicast in IEEE 802.11 wireless networks

Min Te Sun, Lifei Huang, A. Arora, Ten Hwang Lai

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Multicast/broadcast is an important service primitive in networks. The IEEE 802.11 multicast/broadcast protocol is based on the basic access procedure of Carrier Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA). This protocol does not provide any media access control (MAC) layer recovery on multicast/broadcast frames. As a result, the reliability of the multicast/broadcast service is reduced due to the increased probability of lost frames resulting from interference or collisions. In this paper, we propose a reliable Batch Mode Multicast MAC protocol, BMMM, which substentially reduces the number of contention phases, thus considerably reduces the time required for a multicast/broadcast. We then propose a Location Aware Multicast MAC protocol, LAMM, that uses station location information to further improve upon BMMM. Extensive analysis and simulation results validate the reliability and efficiency of our multicast MAC protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2002
EditorsTarek S. Abdelrahman
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)0769516777
StatePublished - 2002
EventInternational Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2002 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 18 Aug 200221 Aug 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Parallel Processing
ISSN (Print)0190-3918


ConferenceInternational Conference on Parallel Processing, ICPP 2002


  • Access protocols
  • Broadcasting
  • Intelligent networks
  • Interference
  • Media Access Protocol
  • Multicast protocols
  • Multimedia communication
  • Telecommunication network reliability
  • Wireless application protocol
  • Wireless networks


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