A handoff packet marker for diffserv in mobile IP-based networks with packet buffering

Seung Beom Lee, Kyeong Hur, Jong Kook Kim, Doo Seop Eom

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Performance of TCP can be severely degraded in Mobile IP-based wireless networks where packet losses not related to network congestion occur frequently during intersubnetwork handoffs by user mobility. To solve such a problem in the networks using Mobile IP, the packet buffering method at a base station recovers those packets dropped during handoff by forwarding the buffered packets at the old base station to the mobile users. But, when the mobile user moves to a congested base station in a new foreign subnetwork, those buffered packets forwarded by the old base station are dropped and TCP transmission performance of a mobile user degrades severely. In this paper, a PBM (Packet Buffering Marker) at a base station is proposed to prevent burst losses of out-of-profile packets during handoffs for DiffServ Assured Services. From simulation results, it is shown that PBM scheme improves TCP throughputs of an Assured Service flow during handoffs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-446
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
1 This work was supported in part by the Korea Research Foundation Grant funded by Korea Government (KRF-2008-331-D00334) and in part by the MKE(Ministry of Knowledge Economy), Korea, under the ITRC(Information Technology Research Center) support program supervised by the IITA(Institute for Information Technology Advancement) (IITA-2008-C1090-0801-0044).


  • DiffServ
  • Marker
  • Mobile IP
  • Packet Buffering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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