On improving the extended Aloha Protocol for broadband powerline communications networks with light and heavy disturbances
Chiras, T., Koutsakis, P. and Paterakis, M. (2007) On improving the extended Aloha Protocol for broadband powerline communications networks with light and heavy disturbances. In: Third International Conference on Networking and Services (ICNS) 2007, 19 - 25 June 2007, Athens, Greece
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Powerline communications (PLC) are currently being considered as an alternative for high-speed data communications and Internet access. With multiple outlets in almost every room, power lines are already the most pervasive network in the home or small office. This work presents a new medium access control (MAC) protocol for the "last mile" access PLC networks. Via an extensive simulation study, our protocol is compared to a well-known protocol from the literature in terms of the efficiency of the transmission of short messages; our protocol is shown to excel both in network utilization and in the average signaling delay required for the completion of the transmission request procedure, in both the cases of a lightly and heavily disturbed PLC network.
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