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WATMnet: a prototype wireless ATM system for multimedia personal communication

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7 Author(s)
Raychaudhuri, D. ; C&C Res. Lab., NEC USA, Princeton, NJ, USA ; French, L.J. ; Siracusa, R.J. ; Biswas, S.K.
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A prototype microcellular wireless ATM network (WATMnet) capable of providing integrated multimedia communication services to mobile terminals is described in this paper. The experimental system's hardware consists of laptop computers (NEC Versa-M) with WATMnet interface cards, multiple VME/i960 processor-based WATMnet base stations, and a mobility-enhanced local-area ATM switch. The prototype wireless network interface cards operate at peak bit-rates up to 8 Mbps, using low-power 2.4 GHz ISM-band modems. Wireless network protocols at the portable terminal and base station interfaces support ABR, VBR and CBR transport services compatible with ATM using a dynamic TDMA/TDD MAC protocol for channel sharing and data link control (DLC) protocol for error recovery. A custom wireless control protocol is also implemented between the portable and base units for support of radio link related functions such as user registration and handoff. All network entities including the portable, base and switch use a mobility-enhanced version of ATM (“Q.2931+”) signaling for switched virtual circuit (SVC) connection control functions, including handoff. Early experiments with the WATMnet prototype have been conducted to validate major protocol and software aspects, including DLC, wireless control and mobility signaling for handoff. Selected network-based multimedia/video applications operating at moderate bit-rates (-0.5-1 Mbps) in ABR/AALS/TCP mode have been successfully demonstrated on the laptop PC

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Communications, 1996. ICC '96, Conference Record, Converging Technologies for Tomorrow's Applications. 1996 IEEE International Conference on  (Volume:1 )

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23-27 Jun 1996