Making TCP/IP Viable for Wireless Sensor Networks

Dunkels, Adam and Alonso, Juan and Voigt, Thiemo (2003) Making TCP/IP Viable for Wireless Sensor Networks. [SICS Report]



The TCP/IP protocol suite, which has proven itself highly successful in wired networks, is often claimed to be unsuited for wireless micro-sensor networks. In this work, we question this conventional wisdom and present a number of mechanisms that are intended to enable the use of TCP/IP for wireless sensor networks: spatial IP address assignment, shared context header compression, application overlay routing, and distributed TCP caching (DTC). Sensor networks based on TCP/IP have the advantage of being able to directly communicate with an infrastructure consisting either of a wired IP network or of IP-based wireless technology such as GPRS. We have implemented parts of our mechanisms both in a simulator environment and on actual sensor nodes, and preliminary results are promising.

Item Type:SICS Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:TCP/IP, Wireless, Sensor networks
ID Code:2333
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:25 Oct 2007
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 16:06

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