For Full-Text PDF, please login, if you are a member of IEICE,|
or go to Pay Per View on menu list, if you are a nonmember of IEICE.
A Unified Handover Management Scheme Based on Frame Retransmissions for TCP over WLANs
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 2008/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
wireless LAN, handover, TCP, frame retransmission, cross-layer, multi-homing,
Full Text: FreePDF
In ubiquitous networks based on Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) with limited individual coverage, mobile nodes will be likely to traverse different WLANs during TCP communication. An effective handover management scheme for achieving seamless and efficient communication throughout the handover operation is therefore crucial. To achieve this, the following three requirements are essential: (i) early initiation of handover, (ii) elimination of communication interruption upon handover, (iii) selection of an optimal WLAN. The handover scheme proposed in this study employs frame retransmission over WLAN as an indicator of link degradation, and a handover manager (HM) on the transport layer obtains the number of frame retransmissions on the MAC layer using a cross-layer architecture in order to achieve (i) and (iii). Then, it also employs multi-homing in order to achieve (ii). Simulations demonstrate that the proposed scheme can satisfy all of the three requirements and is capable of maintaining TCP performance throughout the handover operation.