Wireless Personal Communications

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 373–385 | Cite as

A Comprehensive Study of the Impact of Beacon Order and Superframe Order Values on Quality of Service in Multi-hop Wireless Networks on IEEE 802.15.4

  • Vjekoslav-Leonard PrčićEmail author
  • Damir Kalpić
  • Dina Šimunić
  • Ramjee Prasad


The beacon order and Superframe order parameter values, as defined by the IEEE 802.15.4 standard specification, constrain the number of data packets that can be transmitted through a network in a given period by inferring the length of the network’s active and inactive periods. Choosing a specific value of either parameter can have significant impact on various quality of service measurements. This study offers a synthesis of the execution result of a large number of networking simulations, carried out using the NS2 tool. The simulations describe networking situations of varying beacon order and Superframe order values, as well as the number of full-function devices and reduced-function devices in randomized topologies. The performance of the networks in each simulation is assessed through measuring standard quality of service measurements, such as the package delivery ratio, throughput, average delay, and consumed energy. The analysis shows that the characteristic curves describing the progression of the quality of service measurements do not vary significantly with respect of the number of devices that comprise a network within the range of simulated values.


IEEE 802.15.4 Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) Superframe Beacon-enabled Quality of service 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Infoart d.o.o.ZagrebCroatia
  2. 2.Department of Applied Computing, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and ComputingUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  3. 3.Department of Wireless Communications, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and ComputingUniversity of ZagrebZagrebCroatia
  4. 4.Future Technologies for Business Ecosystem Innovation (FT4BI)Aarhus UniversityHerningDenmark

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