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Interference Mitigation in IEEE 802.15.4-A Cluster Based Scheduling Approach

G. M. Tamilselvan and A. Shanmugam


Problem statement: In universal networking environments; two or more heterogeneous communication systems coexisting in a single place. Especially, Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) based on IEEE 802.11b specifications and Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) based on IEEE 802.15.4 specifications need to coexist in the same Industrial, Science and Medial (ISM) band. If the WPAN communication coverage is expanded using a cluster-tree network topology, then the 802.15.4 network is more susceptible to interference from neighboring WLANs. Approach: In this study, we propose an adaptive transmission power aware cluster scheduling algorithm using multiple channels in a WPAN in the presence of WLAN interference. Results: The algorithm includes node identification, channel allocation, clustering and time scheduling. To evaluate the performance of the proposed algorithm, the performance metrics such as Bit error, Packet Error Rate (PER), Throughput, Average End-End Delay and Average Jitter is measured through Qualnet simulation. PER is calculated from bit error rate. The simulation results are compared with the conventional TDMA scheme. Conclusion/Recommendations: The measurement result shows that the proposed algorithm is effective in an IEEE 802.15.4 cluster-tree network in the presence of multiple IEEE 802.11 interferers.

Journal of Computer Science
Volume 7 No. 1, 2011, 80-89


Submitted On: 21 August 2010 Published On: 15 January 2011

How to Cite: Tamilselvan, G. M. & Shanmugam, A. (2011). Interference Mitigation in IEEE 802.15.4-A Cluster Based Scheduling Approach. Journal of Computer Science, 7(1), 80-89.

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  • Clustering
  • coexistence
  • heterogeneous
  • Packet Error Rate (PER)
  • WLAN and WPAN (Zigbee)