Enabling seamless WiGig/WiFi handovers in tri-band wireless systems

Yao Yu Li, Chi-Yu Li, Wei Han Chen, Chia Jui Yeh, Kuo-Chen Wang

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WiGig enables wireless multi-gigabit communication over 60GHz band. However, its usage scenarios may be constrained by two major limitations: line-of-sight propagation and very short transmission range. We seek to boost the WiGig's usability by using WiFi to complement its limitations in tri-band (2.4/5/60GHz) wireless systems. Our goal is to let a tri-band client have multimedia services at the WiGig's very high speed without any hassle. When the WiGig link is down or performs bad, not only can the client temporarily handover to WiFi without service interruption, but its ongoing multimedia services can also adapt to the WiFi's slower link. Though the IEEE 802.11ad standard has proposed an FST (Fast Session Transfer) mechanism to support handover operations at the link layer, it does not satisfy our goal due to two reasons. First, it does not specify when to perform WiGig/WiFi handovers. Second, it is not application-aware to achieve the service adaptation. To this end, we design and implement an application-aware, seamless WiGig/WiFi handover solution above the network layer. It ensures timely handover trigger for the WiGig's abrupt link interruption, keeps service continuity during handovers, and adapts multimedia service qualities to different WiGig/WiFi links. Our demo confirms its viability. We show that a video streaming service at the client is not interrupted during WiGig/WiFi handovers, which are triggered by mobility or the WiGig's signal blockage, but smoothly switches between different resolutions according to different links.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 25th International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2017
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781509065011
StatePublished - 21 Nov 2017
Event25th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2017 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 10 Oct 201713 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP
ISSN (Print)1092-1648


Conference25th IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols, ICNP 2017

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