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General Information
    • ISSN: 1793-8244 (Print)
    • Abbreviated Title:  J. Adv. Comput. Netw.
    • Frequency: Semiyearly
    • DOI: 10.18178/JACN
    • Editor-in-Chief: Professor Haklin Kimm
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Cherry Chan
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Professor Haklin Kimm
East Stroudsburg University, USA
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of JACN. We encourage authors to submit papers on all aspects of computer networks.

JACN 2016 Vol.4(1): 52-58 ISSN: 1793-8244
DOI: 10.18178/JACN.2016.4.1.203

Does the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Protocol Work Well in Wireless Body Area Networks?

Sabita Nepal, Saurav Dahal, and Seokjoo Shin

Abstract—The IEEE 802.15.4 MAC protocol is the standard for Low-rate wireless personal area networks and is widely used in testbeds and simulation for wireless body area networks. Due to effective handling of some features such as low power communication and low data rates, this protocol is widely used for WBAN applications. However, it is not enough to support high data rates applications (>250 Kbps). In this article, feasibility of IEEE 802.15.4 MAC in the areas of Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN) will be studied. By presenting the challenging issues of WBAN and by giving extensive reasoning, it can be concluded that IEEE 802.15.4 MAC can be used in WBAN to some extent but to guarantee near optimum result, still some modifications are required.

Index Terms—IEEE 802.15.4, low-rate WPAN, MAC, WBAN.

The authors are with Chosun University, Gwangju, South Korea (e-mail: sabitanepal2002@gmail.com, dahal.saurav@gmail.com, sjshin@chosun.ac.kr).


Cite:Sabita Nepal, Saurav Dahal, and Seokjoo Shin, "Does the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Protocol Work Well in Wireless Body Area Networks?," Journal of Advances in Computer Networks vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 52-58, 2016.

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