4. MAC and Network Layers in Tactical Networks

  1. George F. Elmasry

Published Online: 16 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118445983.ch4

Tactical Wireless Communications and Networks: Design Concepts and Challenges

Tactical Wireless Communications and Networks: Design Concepts and Challenges

How to Cite

Elmasry, G. F. (2012) MAC and Network Layers in Tactical Networks, in Tactical Wireless Communications and Networks: Design Concepts and Challenges, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118445983.ch4

Author Information

  1. XPRT Solutions, Inc., A DSCI Company, NJ, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119951766

Online ISBN: 9781118445983

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Keywords:

  • media access control (MAC) layer;
  • network layer;
  • queuing theory;
  • tactical wireless networks

Summary

This chapter reviews some of the important concepts of the network layer. It addresses the packets that flow up and down the protocol stack layers and between different nodes. It also addresses the issues such as how the transmission media resources are shared among different nodes in a tactical wireless subnetwork; what design concepts should be followed to manage these shared resources; what is the best way to model packets arrival and departure in queues; how queue overflow can cause packet loss; and how to overcome catastrophic events which can occur in tactical wireless networks. The chapter presents some of the challenges facing the design of media access control (MAC) layer protocols. Queuing theory is an essential concept to review in light of tactical wireless communications and networks.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

media access protocol; military communication; queueing theory; wireless communication