CFP last date
20 June 2024
Call for Paper
July Edition
IJCA solicits high quality original research papers for the upcoming July edition of the journal. The last date of research paper submission is 20 June 2024

Submit your paper
Know more
Reseach Article

A Review on Handoff latency Reducing Techniques in IEEE 802.11 WLAN

Published on April 2014 by Madan Lal Tetarwal, Ashutosh Kuntal, Purnendu Karmakar
National Seminar on Recent Advances in Wireless Networks and Communications
Foundation of Computer Science USA
NWNC - Number 2
April 2014
Authors: Madan Lal Tetarwal, Ashutosh Kuntal, Purnendu Karmakar

Madan Lal Tetarwal, Ashutosh Kuntal, Purnendu Karmakar . A Review on Handoff latency Reducing Techniques in IEEE 802.11 WLAN. National Seminar on Recent Advances in Wireless Networks and Communications. NWNC, 2 (April 2014), 22-28.

author = { Madan Lal Tetarwal, Ashutosh Kuntal, Purnendu Karmakar },
title = { A Review on Handoff latency Reducing Techniques in IEEE 802.11 WLAN },
journal = { National Seminar on Recent Advances in Wireless Networks and Communications },
issue_date = { April 2014 },
volume = { NWNC },
number = { 2 },
month = { April },
year = { 2014 },
issn = 0975-8887,
pages = { 22-28 },
numpages = 7,
url = { /proceedings/nwnc/number2/16118-1424/ },
publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
address = {New York, USA}
%0 Proceeding Article
%1 National Seminar on Recent Advances in Wireless Networks and Communications
%A Madan Lal Tetarwal
%A Ashutosh Kuntal
%A Purnendu Karmakar
%T A Review on Handoff latency Reducing Techniques in IEEE 802.11 WLAN
%J National Seminar on Recent Advances in Wireless Networks and Communications
%@ 0975-8887
%N 2
%P 22-28
%D 2014
%I International Journal of Computer Applications

Wireless communication plays a significant role in our life as it provides mobility and flexibility as well as scalability. Handoff delays make a serious problem. A lot of research has been done in last few years to reduce the handoff delays occur in the different levels of wireless communication. Due to the mobility of devices handoff is an important aspect in WLAN and cellular communications and in WLAN this aspect is much more important due to limited range of APs, WLAN also provides sufficient bandwidth for real time streaming services. In the literature a number of handoff schemes have been proposed to reduce the handoff latency and support fast handoff in IEEE 802. 11 wireless networks. In this article, we review these fast handoff schemes and analyze their advantages and disadvantages qualitatively. Our aim is to make available groundwork for future research on reducing the handoff latency for intelligent transport systems (ITS) in vehicular scenarios and give emphasis on requirement of fast handover for seamless connectivity. We comprise here various techniques to reduce handoff delays. Some future research ideas are also suggested here.

  1. "IEEE standard for information technology-telecommunications and information exchange between systems-local and metropolitan area networks-specific requirements - part 11: Wireless lan medium access control (mac) and physical layer (phy) specifications," http://standards. ieee. org/getieee802/802. 11. html, 2007.
  2. "IEEE 802. 15 WPAN task group 1a (tg1a)," http://www. ieee802. org/15/pub/TG1. html, 2009.
  3. "IEEE standard for local and metropolitan area networks part 16: Air interface for fixed and mobile broadband wireless access systems amendment for physical and medium access control layers for combined fixed and mobile operation in licensed bands," http://standards. ieee. org/getieee802/802. 16. html, 2005.
  4. IEEE Computer Society LAN MAN standards Committee. IEEE Standard for Information Technology: Part 11: Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications, August 1999.
  5. IEEE. Recommended Practice for Multi-Vendor Access Point Interoperability via an Inter-Access Point Protocol Across Distribution Systems Supporting IEEE 802. 11 Operation. IEEE Draft 802. 1f/D3, January 2002.
  6. Debabrata Sarddar, Joydeep Banerjee, Tathagata Chakraborti, Abhronil Sengupta, M. K. Naskar, Tapas Janat, Utpal Biswas, "Fast Handofflmplementation Using Distance Measurements Between Mobile Station and APs" Students' Technology Symposium (TechSym), 2011 IEEE, Page(s): 81 – 86
  7. N. Hegde, K. Sohraby. "On the impact of soft handoff in cellular systems", Computer Networks, 2002, vol. 38, pp. 257–271.
  8. M. Etoh, Next Generation Mobile Systems 3G and Beyond, Wiley Press, 2005.
  9. C. Perkins, "IP Mobility Support for IPv4", RFC3344, August 2002.
  10. R. hsieh, Z. G. Zhou, A. Seneviratne, "S-MIP: A seamless handoff archi-tecture for Mobile IP", Proc. IEEE INFOCOM 2003, vol. 3, pp. 1774–1784. 2003.
  11. J. Fabini, R. Pailer, P. Reichl. "Location-based assisted handover for the IP Multimedia Subsystem", Computer Communications, 2008, vol. 31, pp. 2367–2380.
  12. D. H. Kwon, W. J. Kim, Y. J. Suh. "An efficient mobile multicast mechanism for fast handovers: A study from design and implementation in experimental networks", Computer Communications, 2008, vol. 31, pp. 2162–2177.
  13. Y. Liao, L. Cao, "Practical schemes for smooth MAC layer handoff in 802. 1 1 wireless networks". IEEE International Symposium on World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks, 2006
  14. M. Shin, A. Mishra, and W. A. Arbaugh, "Improving the latency of 802. 11 hand-offs using neighbor graphs," in Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on Mobile systems, applications, and services, June 2004, pp. 19–26.
  15. Bien Van Quang, R. Venkatesha Prasad, Ignas Niemegeers "A Survey on Handoffs - Lessons for 60 GHz based Wireless Systems" Communications surveys & Tutorials, IEEE Volume: 14 , Issue: 1 Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 64 - 86
  16. S. Shin, A. S. Rawat, H. Schulzrinne, "Reducing MAC layer handoff latency in IEEE 802. 11 wireless LANs", ACM MobiWac'04, Oct 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  17. Arunesh Mishra, Minho Shin, William Arbaugh "An Empirical Analysis of the IEEE 802. 11 MAC Layer Handoff Process" ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, vol. 33,no. 2,2003
  18. Héctor Velayos and Gunnar Karlsson, "Techniques to reduce the IEEE 802. 11b handoff time" Communications, 2004, IEEE International Conference, Page(s): 3844 - 3848 Vol. 7
  19. Syed Faraz Hasan, Nazmul Haque Siddique and Shyam Chakraborty, "Intelligent Transport Systems, 802. 11-based Roadside-to-Vehicle Communications", ISBN 987-1-4614-3272-2 (eBook), Springer
  20. K. Ramachandran, S. Rangarajan, and J. C. Lin, "Make-before-break mac layer handoff in 802. 11 wireless networks," in 2006 IEEE ICC, vol. 10, June 2006, pp. 4818–4823.
  21. Y. Liao and L. Cao, "Practical schemes for smooth MAC layer handoff in 802. 11 wireless networks," in WoWMoM, June 2006, pp. 1–10.
  22. I. Ramani and S. Savage, "SyncScan: practical fast handoff for 802. 11 infrastructure networks," in Proceeding of IEEE INFOCOM, vol. 1, March 2005, pp. 13–17.
  23. C. -M. Huang and J. -W. Li, "An accelerated IEEE 802. 11 handoff process based on the dynamic cluster chain method," Elsevier Comput. Commun. , vol. 30, no. 6, 2007, pp. 1383-1395.
  24. V. Brik, A. Mishra, S. Banerjee, Eliminating handoff latencies in 802. 11 WLANs using Multiple Radios: Applications, Experience, and Evaluation, IMC 2005
  25. " A Fast MAC Layer Handoff Protocol for WiFi Based Wireless Networks"
  26. Thavisak MANODHAM, Mitsuo HAYASAKA and Tetsuya MIKI, "A Novel Handover Scheme for Improving the Performance of WLANs based on IEEE802. 11 APCC '06. Asia-Pacific Conference 2006 , Page(s): 1 – 5.
  27. N. Mustafa, W. Mahmood, A. A. Chaudhry, and M. Ibrahim, "Prescanning and dynamic caching for fast handoff at mac layer in ieee 802. 11 wireless lans," in IEEE International Conference on Mobile Adhoc and Sensor Systems Conference, November 2005, pp. 1–8.
  28. Abhijit Sarma, Rajat Kumar Gupta and Sukumar Nandi, "A Zone Based Interleaved Scanning Technique for Fast Handoff in IEEE 802. 11 Wireless Networks" Pervasive Systems, Algorithms, and Networks (ISPAN), 2009 10th International Symposium, Page(s): 232 – 237
  29. Venkata M. Chintala and Qing-An Zeng, "Novel MAC Layer Handoff Schemes for IEEE 802. 11 Wireless LANs" Wireless Communications and Networking Conference, 2007. WCNC 2007. IEEE, Page(s): 4435 - 4440
  30. Debabrata Sarddar, Tapas Jana,Tarasankar Patra, Utpal Biswas, M. K. Naskar "Fast Handoff Mechanism in WLANs Based on Neighbour Graph Information" Parallel Distributed and Grid Computing (PDGC), 2010 1st International Conference, Publication Year: 2010 , Page(s): 334 – 338.
  31. H. -S. Kim et. al. 'selective channel scanning for fast handoff in Wireless LAN using neighbor graph. ' Japan, July2004. International Technical Conference on Circuits/Systems, Computers and Communication.
  32. Chung-S. Li et. al. 'A Neighbor Caching mechanism for Handoff in IEEE 802. Wireless Networks. ' Springer 20 March 2008,DOI 10. 1007/s11227-008-0175-3.
Index Terms

Computer Science
Information Sciences


Ieee 802. 11 Wlan Handoff Access Point Handoff Latency Selective Scanning Neighbor Graph