Hidden terminal jamming problems in IEEE 802.11 mobile ad hoc networks

C. Ware, T. Wysocki, J. Chicharo

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This paper addresses recent experimental measurements from an IEEE 802.11 ad hoc network testbed, which indicate a strong signal strength dependence in the ability of a hidden terminal to gain access to the radio channel. We present analytical results investigating the hidden terminal jamming ability of the IEEE 802.11 DSSS physical layer. Results indicate that in a hidden terminal topology, the presence of an interfering transmission with a signal strength marginally greater than the transmission currently being received will result in an intolerable increase in BER, effectively jamming the ongoing transmission. These results confirm previous experimental measurements which show that after a number of MAC layer timeout/retransmission periods, the original (weaker) connection is effectively prevented from gaining access to the channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-265
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE International Conference on Communications
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Communications (ICC2001) - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: Jun 11 2000Jun 14 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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