Simultaneous Data Dissemination Among WiFi and ZigBee Devices

Wei Wang, Xin Liu, Yao Yao, Zicheng Chi, Stuart Ray, Ting Zhu, Yanchao Zhang

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Recent advances in Cross-Technology Communication (CTC) have opened a new door for cooperation among heterogeneous IoT devices to support ubiquitous applications, such as smart homes and smart offices. However, existing work mainly focuses on physical layer performance improvements. In this paper, we explore how to leverage the latest CTC techniques for network layer performance improvements. Specifically, we introduce Waves, which leverages WiFi to ZigBee CTC and WiFi access point’s adaptive transmit power control techniques for reliable and fast data dissemination in low-duty-cycle ZigBee networks. We extensively evaluate our design under various settings. Evaluation results show that Waves can provide reliable data dissemination and is 33.5 times faster than the state-of-the-art protocol in terms of dissemination time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Codes
  • Cross-technology communication
  • Data dissemination
  • Delays
  • Interference
  • Power control
  • Wireless fidelity
  • Zigbee
  • wireless communication
  • wireless networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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