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Multihop relaying is one of the promising techniques in future generation wireless networks. The adaptive modulation and coding (AMC) mechanisms can be applied in order to increase the spectral efficiency of wireless multihop networks. However, most of these mechanisms concentrate on the physical layer without taking the queuing effects at the data link layer into account, whose performances are overestimated. Therefore the cross-layer analytical framework is presented in analysing the quality-of-service (QoS) performances of the decode-and-forward (DF) relaying wireless networks, where the AMC is employed at the physical layer under the conditions of unsaturated traffic and finite-length queue at the data link layer. Considering the characteristics of DF relaying protocol at the physical layer, the authors first propose modelling a two-hop DF relaying wireless channel with AMC as an equivalent Finite State Markov Chain (FSMC) in queuing analysis. Then, the performances in terms of queuing delay, packet loss rate and average throughput are derived. The numerical results show that the proposed analytical method can be efficiently applied for studying the issues including the relay deployment and the cross-layer design in the multihop relaying networks.