Packet loss analysis of the IEEE 802.15.4 MAC without acknowledgements

Feng Shu, Taka Sakurai, Moshe Zukerman, Hai L. Vu

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Transmission of the acknowledgement frame after a packet reception is optional in the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. Considering a set of sensor nodes, each of which has a packet to transmit at the beginning of an active period, we provide an analysis that yields the packet loss statistics of the nonacknowledgement mode of the standard. The analysis is based on a non-stationary Markov chain model and its accuracy is verified by ns-2 simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-81
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • IEEE 802.15.4
  • Markov chain
  • Medium access control (MAC)
  • Performance analysis
  • Sensor networks

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