Multiple non-interfering channels are available in 802.11 and 802.15.4 based wireless networks. Capacity of such channels can be combined to achieve a better performance thus providing a higher quality of service (QoS) than for a single channel network. However, existing routing protocols often are not suited to fully take advantage of these channels. The proposed multi-interface multi-channel routing (MMCR) protocol considers various QoS parameters such as throughput, end-to-end delay, and energy utilization as a single unified cost metric and identifies the route that optimizes the cost metric and balances the traffic among the channels on a per flow basis. Multipoint relay nodes (MPRs) are first selected using available energy and bandwidth and utilized in routing. A novel load balancing scheme is introduced and analytical performance guarantees are demonstrated. Simulation results using the Ns2 show superior performance of the MMCR over the multi-channel optimal link state routing protocol (m-OLSR) in terms of throughput end-to-end delay, and energy efficiency.

Meeting Name

2009 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Second Department

Computer Science


Air Force Research Laboratory (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio)
United States. Army Research Office

Keywords and Phrases

Multi-Channel; Multi-Interface Routing; Routing Protocol; Wireless Networks

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Apr 2009