Cost/Benefit Analysis of the W2LAN Protocol

F. Burrull, F.M. Monzo-Sanchez (Spain)


Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs), LAN, Broadcast Protocol Modelling and Simulation, Specification and Description Language (SDL).


The W2LAN (Wireless to LAN protocol) is a pure layer-2 protocol that transforms a MANET (Mobile Ad-Hoc Network) Ethernet network into a simple Ethernet network from the point of view of higher layers. The benefit of using W2LAN is that a set of N nodes will have total visibility, eliminating the inherent problem of partial visibility that MANET networks present. To evaluate the protocol, a SDL (Specification and Description Language) model with N nodes has been constructed, and a simulator instance automatically derived from it. The Cost/Benefit analysis consists of finding out the cost in number of frames being used by the W2LAN protocol in comparison with a conventional LAN under different set of parameters.

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