A Xcast-Based Seamless Handover Scheme over Wireless LAN

Lei LI  Shinji ABE  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E88-B   No.3   pp.965-972
Publication Date: 2005/03/01
Online ISSN: 
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e88-b.3.965
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Ubiquitous Networks)
Category: Network
seamless handover,  Xcast,  micro-mobility,  wireless LAN,  

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In order to apply the mobile multimedia communication to the road information system, a seamless handover scheme is needed. Therefore, we present a novel micro-mobility scheme based on explicit multicast (Xcast) in this article. In our proposal, the mobile traffic of its forward direction is sent to the potential access routers of a mobile node (MN) by including IP addresses of the access routers explicitly in the IP headers. As for 802.11 wireless LAN, because it is difficult to know the potential ARs of a mobile node, a new trigger, called as the Candidate AR Trigger (CAT), is introduced to get this information from the link layer. The handover mechanism of our proposed scheme is depicted in detail and the merits of this scheme are also discussed. Finally, by using a combination of performance evaluation and simulation, we argue that our architecture is capable of providing seamless handover while introducing limited network overhead.