MLAP: A MAC Level Access Protocol for the HFC 802.14 Network

The paper discribes the MLAP MAC protocol for sharing the bandwidth of an HFC network. MLAP is a flexible ATM friendly MAC protocol, capable of supporting various types of traffic with diverse quality-of-service requirements. MLAP MAC functions such as: message formats, bandwidth requests/grants mechanisms, collision resolution, synchronization, support for various PHY layer options (modulation rates, types, preamples) are presented. Finally, new station power-on procedures are also discussed.

By: C. Bisdikian, B. McNeil, R. Norman, and R. Zeisz

Published in: RC20284 in 1996


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