Networking Support for Bidirectional Cross-Technology Communication

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  • Shuai Wang
  • Shuai Wang
  • Zhijun Li
  • Yongrui Chen
  • Song Min Kim
  • Tian He


Original languageEnglish
Article number8821414
Pages (from-to)204-216
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Issue number1
Online published30 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021
Externally publishedYes


Recent research on physical layer cross technology communication (PHY-CTC) brings a timely answer for escalated wireless coexistence and open spectrum movement. PHY-CTC achieves direct communication among heterogeneous wireless technologies (e.g.,WiFi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee) in physical layer and thus brings communication support for coexistence service such as spectrum management and IoT device control. To put PHY-CTC into service, however, there still exists a gap due to its transmission failure and asymmetric link (i.e., one-way PHY-CTC) issues. In this paper, we propose NetCTC - the first networking support design for PHY-CTC to establish feedbacks (e.g., ACKs) and thus meet the upper layer networking requirements in heterogeneous unicast, multicast and broadcast. The core design of NetCTC is a real-time interaction mechanism which achieves reliable, transmission efficient and concurrent interactive communication among heterogeneous devices. We implement and evaluate NetCTC on commodity devices and the USRP-N210 platform. Our extensive evaluation demonstrates that NetCTC achieves reliable bidirectional cross technology communication under a full range of wireless configurations including stationary, mobile and duty-cycled settings.

Research Area(s)

  • communication, heterogeneous coexistence, Networking support, WiFi, ZigBee

Citation Format(s)

Networking Support for Bidirectional Cross-Technology Communication. / Wang, Shuai; Yin, Zhimeng; Wang, Shuai et al.
In: IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol. 20, No. 1, 8821414, 01.2021, p. 204-216.

Research output: Journal Publications and ReviewsRGC 21 - Publication in refereed journalpeer-review