CONSET: A cross-layer power aware protocol for mobile ad hoc networks

Vignesh Bhuvaneshwar, Marwan Krunz, Alaa Muqattash

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In this paper, we present a novel scheme for power control in mobile ad hoc networks called the CONSET (Connectivity Set) protocol. CONSET is a cross-layer solution in which the MAC layer indirectly influences the selection of the next hop along the end-to-end path by manipulating the transmission power of the route request (RREQ) messages. These messages are commonly used in on-demand (reactive) routing protocols, such as DSR and AODV. In CONSET, network topology is dynamically constructed from channel-gain and directional information obtained from overheard RTS and CTS packets. RREQ messages are broadcast at the minimum power required to maintain network connectivity, leading to longer end-to-end paths at the network layer but with less distance per hop. This results in a significant reduction in the overall end-to-end energy consumption per delivered packet. Extensive simulations are used to compare the CONSET protocol with a DSR-based power-aware routing protocol that uses the transmission energy as its routing metric. The results indicate that CONSET achieves significant improvements in network throughput, energy consumption, and packet delay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4067-4071
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE International Conference on Communications
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE International Conference on Communications - Paris, France
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 24 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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