Performance Analysis of the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC Protocol

  • Chiara BurattiEmail author
  • Marco Martalò
  • Roberto Verdone
  • Gianluigi Ferrari
Part of the Signals and Communication Technology book series (SCT)


As stated in  Chap. 1, the IEEE 802.15.4 Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol allows two types of channel access mechanisms: beacon- and non beacon-enabled. The latter case uses unslotted Corrier-Sense Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance (CSMA/CA) channel access mechanism, whereas beacon-enabled networks use both contention-based (a slotted CSMA/CA) and contention-less mechanisms to access the channel. In this chapter, an analytical model for both the modalities is provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Buratti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marco Martalò
    • 2
  • Roberto Verdone
    • 1
  • Gianluigi Ferrari
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Elettronica, Informatica e Sistemistica (DEIS) Università di BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Dipto. Ingegneria dell’InformazioneUniversità di ParmaParmaItaly

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